WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – May 16, 2012 –Farm Sanctuary wants to give “Enviropigs” a happy retirement

On Tuesday, Farm Sanctuary, North America’s leading farm animal protection organization, reached out to scientists at the University of Guelph on behalf of their more than 250,000 constituents to ask that they work with the group to place the sixteen “Enviropigs” in loving homes. The pigs were poised to become the world’s first genetically modified animals approved for human consumption, but now could face an untimely end, as Ontario Pork, key backers of Canada’s “Enviropig” project, have withdrawn their support for the controversial engineered animal.

Farm Sanctuary runs three farm animal sanctuaries in the United States, and works with a network of concerned and compassionate people all over North America to provide care for abused and abandoned farm animals.

“Pigs are interesting individuals who have the same behavioral needs, capacities for cognition and emotion, and range of personalities that we all know to exist in dogs and cats,” says Bruce Friedrich, senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary. “For the same reason they wouldn’t kill 16 healthy dogs at the end of a research project, we’re asking the University of Guelph to take responsibility for the lives of these poor animals they brought into the world and instead of killing them, give them a chance to live out their final years basking in sunshine, taking mud baths, and simply being pigs.”

Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for more than 1,000 rescued farm animals. For more information, please visit farmsanctuary.org

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