Pigs are often the butts of negative comments. They are neither dirty nor dumb. In 1972, sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynn Rave, set out to set the record straight by establishing March 1 as Pig Day. It is a day to take pause to appreciate the chubby cuteness and sharp minds of domesticated pigs.
Animal farms and public zoos acknowledge the day by hosting pig-themed activities aimed to educate the public. Start practicing your best pig calls and prepare to be surprised at just how intelligent these barnyard critters are.
They make great pets. However, don’t consider owning one as a means to replace your garbage disposal. It is illegal to feed kitchen scraps to pet pigs. If you already own one, use this day as an opportunity to educate others about ownership.
Practice your oinks, snorts, huffs and puffs to entertain the kids with a reading of “The Three Little Pigs”. Choosing to read “Charlotte’s Web” might have you turning to lemon tea and throat lozenges. So it might be better to just watch the movie. The spider in this beautiful classic clearly understands the value of pigs.
Host the adults to a pig out. Set up a buffet of edible favorites but whatever you do, avoid pork chops, bacon, ham, pork ribs, and pork sausage. Decorate the scene with images of Porky, Piglet, Maxwell and Miss Piggy.
However you choose to honor our curly-tailed friends, just remember that the third little piggy cleverly outwitted the big, bad wolf. Raise your vegetarian bratwurst to that!