National Pig Day 2023 [17+ Easy Pig Craft Activities, Templates, Patterns & Printables for Kids & Toddlers]

Do you think pigs are cute and want to show your support for the animal?

Pigs are often seen as lazy and dirty animals, but they are actually very intelligent and can be trained to do tricks. Some people believe that pigs are a symbol of good luck, and maybe that is why you should start to celebrate National Pig Day from 2022.

When Is National Pig Day 2022?

National pig day is on March 1, 2022.

How To Celebrate National Pig Day?

National pig day is the perfect opportunity to educate pig love.

It is time to try, through example and education, to support the rights of all animals to live safe and secure lives, free from exploitation, fear, and pain.  It is time to learn to live side-by-side with pigs as equals in an atmosphere of coexistence and mutual respect.  There are no “pets” and no “owners” today, or from now on.

If you are a pig lover, try these fun activities to celebrate national pig day with your kids. We have another comprehensive guide on pig crafts for adults, make sure to check that out!

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What Is The History Of Pet Pigs In The USA?

Potbellied and other miniature pigs belong to the family of domestic pigs called the Sus Scrofa Domestica. They are often referred to as the “Canadian mini-pig.” The Vietnamese potbellied pig became almost extinct during the WWII famine in China. Some of the refugees brought pigs north with them and then in the 1950s, some were brought into Europe for zoos. They were systematically bred in Sweden in the mid-1960s because they created good laboratory size animals with organs and vital functions similar to humans.

Then in the 1970s, Keith Connell went to Europe to import unique pigs for the Canadian zoos. Then later they came to the United States and became household pets. Because of the strict import laws in the United States, our gene pool for the potbellied pig is still relatively small compared to their cousins the farm hogs. The Vietnamese Potbellied pigs soon became the pet of the ’80s called the Yuppy Puppies.

But with new types of miniature pigs moving in, the prices have been dropping off for the potbellied pig and the focus has changed. Many believe that the era of the pet pig is over, but as we travel around the country, we tend to see a different picture. The potbellied pig may not be as expensive as they started out to be, but still, people love pet pigs. Now we are getting quite a variety of miniature pigs in the US and other countries. Chinese Miniatures, South Pacific Nesting Pigs, and Kune Kune to name a few.

Even dogs and cats get dumped, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that there are lots of dog and cat lovers out there. There will always be people who want them until the novelty runs out and then they dump them. The same is true for the mini-pigs.

Sanctuaries and rescue groups receive calls and email almost daily from people who are looking into buying and/or adopting a pig. Even teenagers tell of loving a pig and wanting one when they grow up. I am finding that by not discouraging them, but talking to them and sending them information, many are starting to get educated first. This is the only way to stop the dumping of unwanted pigs – education. No, it won’t solve the problem overnight and yes, there will always be those who dump them, but it is a start in the right direction.

Today many sanctuaries and rescue groups are working to educate the general public to the fact that they do make wonderful pets for the right people, but are not for everyone.

Education is the key and that if we work together with sanctuaries, rescue groups, and with the general public, the Vietnamese Potbellied and other miniature pigs can still make a wonderful pet.

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