This is Pigcasso. She was rescued from the slaughter house and is now living her best life in the friends of Cape Coast.
She was originally bred to be slaughtered at a pig farm but was rescued at four weeks old by her now owner, Joanne Lefson, who was upset by the squalid conditions she was kept in.
‘Pigs on today’s industrialised factory farms are kept in merciless conditions deliberately hidden from public view,’ says Joanne.
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Joanne quickly taught Pigcasso how to paint, and now she knows how to dip the brush in paint,
apply it to the canvas, and even paint with long brush strokes! She “signs” her paintings by dipping her snout in paint and pressing it to the page.
Bizarrely, Joanne says that she tried to entertain Pigcasso with various activities and the sow initially showed an interest in football,
before taking picking up her first paintbrush.
‘Picasso loves to waddle off to explore the scenic Cape Town landscape with her easel,’ Joanne claims.
‘I do not force her to paint – she paints when she wants to. After all, at 450 pounds, she’s definitely the boss.
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Joanne plans to host an exhibition of Pigcasso’s work sometime next year in an effort to raise awareness of the cruelty many pigs endure.
The vast majority of pigs are kept in filthy conditions, mutilated without painkillers, and subjected to a ruthless slaughter. They are denied nearly everything that comes naturally to them.
We can all take a stand for pigs and other animals who suffer at the hands of the meat industry by leaving them off our plates for good.