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PUPILS at a school in Hamp­shire were rais­ing four pigs that were due to made into meat but, af­ter a pe­ti­tion from a ve­gan par­ent, the pigs have been given away.

For ten years, Pri­est­lands School in Lyming­ton, Hamp­shire, has kept pigs on nearby grounds. Th­ese pigs are looked af­ter by pupils un­til they’re ready to be sent to slaugh­ter, where they’d turned into ham, bacon and sausages and sold at lo­cal butch­ers. The school would then work with the butch­ers to help give pupils a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of where their meat comes from.

Upon hear­ing the fate of the pigs, Vincent Cook, a ve­gan par­ent of a pupil, set up a pe­ti­tion that said that the pigs should be re­turned to their owner.

The pe­ti­tion reached 20,000 sig­na­tures in 24 hours, and the pigs were re­turned. There’s no guar­an­tee that the pigs will live longer how­ever, as it’s thought that the orig­i­nal owner was a farmer.

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