Meet our Charlotte's Web movie stars! Daisy Pig, Lily Pig and Alice.
The young Daisy and Lily (pictured left ) would never know how fortunate they were to be selected for the cast of Charlotte's Web. This stroke of luck has meant that unlike their sisters they will never be a piglet making machines
nor like their brothers they will never be turned into bacon. Their lives are now rich and full, as all pigs' lives should be, sleeping in straw, rooting in the soil and wallowing in the mud, oh and eating like a pigs!
Daisy is a very amicable and endearing pig, her ability to quickly learn tasks is indicative of the intelligence of pigs. No longer hitting the campaign trail for pigs, Daisy spends her days lazing about the mission, showing one and all how friendly and fun loving pigs can be. You never know where Daisy will turn up next. Oft times we have opened a stable to find the two curled up inside, dreaming peacefully, after all who said humans were the only ones capable of dreaming. And our bet is all pigs dream for a life like Daisy!
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Lily, we were told was the favourite pig of the head pig trainer on the set but she has us all wondering just what part she played in the film.
Lily along with Daisy and Alice are from the Large White family of pigs. With their origins in England in the late 1700’s, the Large White is the most popular breed of pig in Australia. Strange though, it is one time one would not wish to be popular considering the fate of most Large White pigs.
In a recent study of intelligence humans came out on top, although this may have a lot to do with their framing of the study. Non-human primates came in second, third were dolphins and whales with good old pigs coming in fourth and dogs a lowly thirteenth!
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This one time factory farmed pig play the role of Wilbur's mother. She arrived in the back of a trailer driven by her previous pig farming owner. All Alice had ever known was confinement, save the hours she spent on the movie set. The day she arrived at Edgar's Mission she tentatively stood in her trailer and took a step out onto something so foreign to her, yet so natural for a pig, solid earth. The pig farmer uttered , "That’s the first time she has eaten grass". Rashes and sores on her side and rear end said they had never known the softness of anything other than concrete. It was clear that human kindness was something foreign to her.
Female pigs in factory farms are treated as breeding machines, enduring a cycle of suffering and deprivation. In Australia a "Code of Practice" allows pregnant pigs (sows) just like Alice, to be kept in "sow stalls" tiny metal individual stalls measuring 2m long by 60cm wide. This ‘code’ protects industry operators from being prosecuted for cruelty. Tragically some 300,000 female breeding sows are kept inside sheds continually pregnant and severely confined, forced to stand or lie on hard floors. They can barely take a step forward or back. These ‘sow stalls’ have been banned in Britain for welfare reasons and are being phased out in the European Union.
Sows are extremely maternal. They will spend many hours making a nest for their piglets. In factory farming mother pigs have nearly all of their natural instincts frustrated. Just prior to giving birth they are moved to "farrowing crates", an even smaller area where their body is encircled by metal bars to even further limit their movement. With no straw for bedding, mother pigs must give birth to their piglets on a hard floor. Nurturing and interacting with her young is impossible as the cruel metal frame imprisons her. Her young are removed after 3 or 4 weeks, she is impregnated again, and the cycle of suffering and deprivation continues. As a result these gentle and intelligent creatures develop physical and psychological problems that see them "worn out" before their time. They are ‘rewarded’ for their efforts by being sent to slaughter.
This was Alice's life but now she will live out her life happily at Edgar’s Mission – forwarding its mission.. Like her namesake, Alice Walker the black American writer and civil rights activist, Alice Pig will cause people to challenge and change popular thought….of what a pig’s lot in life should be.
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