The death of a companion animal is something every animal lover dreads, but worse is when the animal is brutally killed with a bow and arrow.
That is the terrible fate of Blue, a miniature pot-belly pig who for 11 years was a much-loved part of the Sickles family in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, before escaping the yard. Blue was shot by debuty sheriff Paul Inscore, who said he thought the pig was wild.
"We are completely shattered and devastated for my family," said Nicole Sickles, a brain tumor survivor who considered Blue her service pet. Blue was also beloved by Sickles’ four children, especially 5-year-old Adam who has Down syndrome.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison defended Inscore, and Sickles is not pressing any charges. Rather, Sickles and Penny Jeffrey, owner of miniature pig rescue group Pig Pals of N.C., together want to use the incident to educate the public on the differences between domesticated and wild pigs, and to lobby Wake County and the city to alter the law to recognize miniature pigs as pets so they cannot lawfully be hunted.
I would argue that there is no difference between domesticated and wild pigs. Both have a desire and right to live. Sickles and Jeffrey are headed in the right direction, but a better effort would be to ban the hunting of pigs altogether. After all, wild pigs have family too.