Esther the Wonder Pig Speaks Out Against Gestation Crates
Straight from the pig’s mouth: Esther the Wonder Pig is the latest celebrity to reach out to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, asking him to ban pig gestation crates in the state.
Maybe Esther isn’t exactly doing all the talking in a new interview featured on Jane Velez-Mitchell’s YouTube channel, but she has a roundtable of supporters who certainly do enough for her.
In the interview, Velez-Mitchell is joined by one of Esther’s dads, Steve, and Donny Moss, animal rights advocate and author of “Their Turn,” to discuss the cruelty of the gestation crates and how vital it is that Christie signs the bill banning them.
“Esther is the exact pig that would be living in a gestation crate,” Steve says. “To think of her living in one of those crates for years is heartbreaking to us. She’s family.”
While there is speculation that Christie may veto the bill because of a potential run for presidency, Moss doesn’t see it that way because of the high-profile publicity that the bill has already generated.
“It will compromise his bid,” Moss says.
Meanwhile, Velez-Mitchell, who calls the gestation crates “torture,” says that she has “devoted my life to this. It has to stop.”
Esther the Wonder Pig is, of course, the most popular pig on the Internet and is probably the best example of how sentient farm animals actually are. She was destined for the slaughterhouse had her dads (Steve and his partner Derek) not adopted her.
“She sleeps on bed with their dogs and cats, she has free rein of the house. She’s very aware of where she is and what she’s doing,” Steve says. “[She’s] having a good time like any living creature would…There is more to [pigs] than seeing them as a product or a barcode.”
Watch the interview here: