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Pigs found on I-40 moving to Florida

Posted May 27, 2011

— Five pigs that fell out of a truck and got loose on Interstate 40 in Durham County in March were auctioned off Friday to an animal rights group. 

Fourteen people, including animal activists and pig farmers, showed up at the auction at the Durham County Animal Shelter, at 2117 E. Club Blvd. The animals were auctioned off individually and all sold to a representative with the Jacksonville, Fla.-based animal sanctuary CJ Acres. 

The group paid $3,200 for all five pigs, including $1,500 just for the fifth pig, which was given the nickname Babe at the Durham shelter.

A spokesman with CJ Acres said the group plans to drive the pigs to Florida on Friday using a carrier truck.

The money raised will pay for the care the shelter has provided to the pigs since March 30 when morning commuters spotted them running scared in the roadway and called police.

Shelter manager Shafonda Price said the pigs, estimated at 40-60 pounds at the time of their capture, have been thriving and growing while they are being held in Durham.


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  • chiefemail May 31, 2011

    backwards: And you are probably one of the people that supports abortion. Animals were put here as a food source.

    Firstly, true compassion/respect for life is not mutually exclusive. Most people who support animal rights support human rights on the same grounds. They reject exploitation, abuse of power, etc. because they’re cut from the same fabric: violence. However, where human rights are often a given (no argument), animal rights (even the most basic) are a contant struggle/moral dilemma for obvious reasons. Secondly, doesn’t it seem rather simplistic, convenient, and self-serving if we're the final authority to life's most pressing questions, esp. those under your mercy? Given the silliness of the human race and the fact that human nature (power, greed, selfish desires, etc.) has often delayed truth and justice throughout history even for humans, what if your attitude towards animals merely illustrates a human concept for man’s own advantage? What if you are dead wrong?

  • mckimberly May 31, 2011

    It's important to show compassion for all living things--human and animal. Who is anyone to "rank" how someone spends their $$, as long as it's for something kind?

  • bkaelin98 May 31, 2011

    Too bad they are going to Florida? Really? We have more pig Sanctuaries here in Florida than any other state! We have plenty mud because, guess what? It rains here, duh..... Hey prozacdispenser how much do you send every month to "hungry children"? Most people who are compassionate for animals are compassionate all around. The Government needs to feed the starving children it created with the recession. We so called "animal rights" people do what we can to help all God creations, read Genesis, we were never meant to eat animals but live in harmony with them. We humans screwed that up, just like everything else.
    Oh and backwards; Betcha keep your dog on a 4 ft. chain in your backyard.

  • SnakeLady May 27, 2011

    I thought they were going to be adopted out to individuals, as pets. Well... too bad they're going to Florida. Pigs don't sweat... Don't know how well mud remains mud in Florida.... sounds miserable to me. Maybe they'll be in air conditioning? ;)

  • clickhere May 27, 2011

    That's insane amount. In Auction they would go for $500 way max, more like $300.

  • backwards May 27, 2011

    The "funny" comments here reflect a sad state of our society in that there is little respect for those creatures born into and taken from this world at our whim.

    And you are probably one of the people that supports abortion. Animals were put here as a food source. If you don't eat animal products then that's your choice but to support killing an innocent human life and saving an animal is totals like my name says, backwards

  • LuvLivingInCary May 27, 2011

    so we got children going to bed in this state tonight hungry and some activist thinks it's better to spare these pigs lives. what gives.

  • grasshopperrtp2 May 27, 2011

    Bummer.I guess the pig picking is cancelled.

  • pinkiglock May 27, 2011

    That is great news! I hope the little piggies have a safe journey to their new happy home!

  • driverkid3 May 27, 2011

    spahl1227:::there should be a "like" button on GOLO!

    I sent an email asking about that some time back, never heard anything from them.