When pig farmer Bob Comis decided to go vegetarian and quit killing pigs, his entire world turned upside down.
Now in the process of turning his pig farm into a veganic vegetable farm, Bob had a sick pig on his hands. He did not want to see the poor animal, Gus, suffer so he sent him to Farm Sanctuary for treatment. Most people do not know that even small “free range” and “humane” farms are not able to provide each animal with individual healthcare and still turn a profit. Though these farms do care about the wellbeing of their animals, it will always come secondary to monetary gain. At sanctuaries, every animal is treated as an individual patient. No matter what problems an animal may encounter, caregivers will do everything in their power to ensure the animal’s health and happiness.
Now safe and sound at Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter, Gus is in the hospital recovering from a severe respiratory infection. Like many other social animals, pigs hate being alone, so to keep Gus happy, Bob also sent Gus’s friend Roxy along with him. Though the ordeal must be unfamiliar and scary for Gus, Roxy is there to keep him company and reassure him.
Exhausted by illness, Gus has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Luckily, he and Roxy are receiving the best possible care, as well as lots of love and attention from the veterinarians. Once Gus is all better, the two of them will join the rest of the pig herd at Farm Sanctuary where they will get to live out the rest of their lives in peace. No longer will they simply be units of production, they will be their own unique piggy selves, free to do whatever takes their fancy.
When we take the time to stop and look at animals for who they really are, it’s easy to see they too are intelligent, loving, and feeling individuals that deserve our kindness and respect.
Bob realized what he was doing was wrong, and he had the courage to put an end to the cruelty he was inflicting on animals. Thanks to him, Gus and Roxy will have a happy ending – rooting, sunbathing, rolling around in the mud, and enjoying life as all animals should.