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Trading Standards save Palmer the pig's bacon

 An abandoned pig has had its bacon saved thanks to a helping hand from Trading Standards. 

Leicestershire County Council officers were contacted by a cattle farmer in Thurlaston who found the curly tailed animal roaming his land.

Trading Standards officers found a loving new home for the pig – Twinlakes Theme Park near Melton - and arranged a special licence to have him moved.

It is not clear why Palmer, named after one of the officers, was abandoned but it is thought he may have been mistakenly bought as a pet “micro-pig” when he was a piglet, before surprising his owner by growing to full size.

David Bull, Head of Leicestershire County Council 's Trading Standards Service, said: “The farmer doesn’t keep pigs so was really pleased we were able to help, although he had grown quite fond of Palmer following him around and had gone so far as to clear out a shed for him and buy him some special food.

“There are laws governing the purchase and ownership of micro pigs, so if anyone is serious about buying one, they should contact Trading Standards for advice. 

“We can help to ensure people are fully prepared and legally compliant when buying livestock. All pigs are classed as agricultural animals and are subject to the laws, which are in place to stop the spread of highly contagious animal viruses like swine fever and foot and mouth disease.”

Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said: “We are pleased to have been able to have helped Palmer.

“This re-homing of animals isn’t strictly within the Trading Standards Service’s remit. However, we were pleased to have taken action because it ultimately meant Palmer avoided the pigsty in the sky, as sadly he would have had to have been put to sleep if we couldn’t find him anywhere to stay. Trading Standards is always prepared to support responsible farmers where they can.”

Palmer is now having a swill of a time at Twinlakes’ farm. 
Farm manager Emma Sudron said: “The pig, which we have now named Walt, is very happy and loves a cuddle from all the farm staff. 
“He lives in Pig Palace on Red Rooster Farm with his new companion Nora and is partial to a wallow, which is where staff spray water in the mud and he rolls in it!”

For more information on Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service visit: www.leics.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Notes: 

All pigs are classed as agricultural animals and so are subject to the same stringent laws that stop the spread of highly contagious animal viruses like swine fever and foot and mouth disease.

For detailed advice on the movement controls relating to ‘micro’ pigs, and the feed restrictions which apply to these animals, prospective owners are urged to contact their local Animal Health office or their Local Authority.

‘Micro’ pigs are not a new type of pig. They have been selectively bred over generations to create a smaller pig than other breeds. Micro pigs weigh around 9oz at birth.
 
DATE: 16 September 2013