This Pig’s Cute Tummy Rub Could Make You Rethink Eating That Pork Belly

Most of the animals who look like Esther the Wonder Pig become meat. Through lucky circumstance, Esther became a top notch hedonist.

It’s a fact her human family is hoping will change how you see all animals, even those who aren’t fortunate enough to get regular belly rubs.

“We can’t handle the thought of the life Esther was born for,” says Steve Jenkins, one of Esther’s adoptive dads. “These animals are loving, intelligent and sensitive animals. Not just a product or a piece of pork.”

Esther was not supposed to grow to be 700 pounds. Her first owner was told she’d be one-tenth of that size, tops.

As it turns out, Esther was bred to be an industrial pig, not the miniature variety that the first owner had been promised.

And when the piggy’s enormity became apparent, animal lovers Jenkins and Derek Walter were asked if they could take her in.

This was back in 2012 — and at the time, these guys were meat-eating city-dwellers who worked as a professional magician and a real estate agent.

Once Esther took over their lives — and their home — things changed.

Now the family lives on a 50-acre sanctuary in the Canadian countryside, and are huge advocates for plant-based eating.

Yes, if watching Esther delight in her belly rub makes you feel like perhaps it’s time to rethink pork bellies more generally — well, that’s part of the point. They even call it the “Esther effect.”

Genetically, Esther’s the same as the hundred million other pigs raised for slaughter every year in the U.S.

The only difference between Esther and these other millions of —> Read More