They are often the butts of negative comments. But they aren’t dirty or dumb. In 1972, Ellen Stanley, a Texas art teacher, set out to set the record straight by establishing March 1 as Pig Day.
It’s a day set aside to pause and appreciate the chubby cuteness and sharp minds of domesticated pigs. Without a doubt, drawing and painting pigs was probably high on Ms. Stanley’s list of classroom activities that day.
Zoos and farms acknowledge the day by educating the public and hosting themed activities. Start practicing your best pig calls and prepare to be astounded at just how intelligent these barnyard critters are.
If you’re thinking about owning one, forget about using it as a garbage disposal. It is illegal to feed kitchen scraps to pet pigs. Already an owner? Use this day to educate others about proper ownership.
At home, celebrate by inviting your friends over for a pig out. You can set up a buffet of various foods, or choose a particular favorite, such as ice cream or chicken wings, for the theme.
Whatever you do, avoid platters of bacon, ribs, pork chops, fatty sausages and ham. We do not devour the virtual guest of honor. Decorate the scene with images of popular celebrities including Porky Pig, Miss Piggy and Piglet.
On the eve of Pig Day, tuck in the toddlers with a reading from “The Three Little Pigs”. Reading aloud through “Charlotte’s Web” might have you turning to lemon tea and throat lozenges the next morning, so rent the movie instead.
However you choose to honor our pink, curly-tailed friends, remember the third little piggy cleverly outwitted one big, bad wolf. Raise your mug of brew and your vegetarian bratwurst to that!