It has been three years since seven little pigs came to live at Sneha’s Care. Mr Piggles, the oldest of the lot, was three years old when Shrestha and the team rescued him from a slaughter house in Kailali. The team had gone to the district to build shelters for cows when they came across Piggles.
“He was living out in the open, chained to a pole without a roof over his head,” says Shrestha. “Half his body was covered in mud. At the time, there wasn’t much we could do.” Shrestha returned to Kathmandu while a few of her team members stayed back to finish building the shelters.
Later, Shrestha received a call from a team member saying the pig was going to be slaughtered for Holi. She hurried to Kailali to rescue him. She paid double the market price, paying nearly Rs50,000 to bring him to Kathmandu. “He was extremely overweight because he had been bred for meat,” remembers Shrestha. “He could hardly walk.”
Today, Piggles has a clean place to stay and is a mini celebrity who frequently features on the organisation’s social media platforms. He has lost weight, and spends his days playing around with Whitey, Wilbur, Brownie, Blacky, Sneha and Karlot, who were also rescued from a nearby pig farm when they were just a few months old.
“We could hear the pigs crying when they were being taken to slaughter,” says Shrestha. “They were used for breeding and they would often castrate them without anesthesia. The condition was pretty inhumane.”