Animal sanctuary, farm team up to save pig from slaughter

HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — An animal sanctuary and a farm in New Hampshire are working together to spare a young slaughterhouse-bound pig to promote local agriculture.

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Beans and Greens Farm of Gilford is hoping to send the pig named Grover to the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary in Haverhill where it will live out its days.

Grover, described as the "runtiest of runts," has touched the lives of people who know him via the farm stand's petting zoo, The Caledonian-Record reported.

Sanctuary founder Jenifer Vickery said Grover was to have become "a farm to table meal."

She said they're fundraising to expand the sanctuary's pig area to accommodate Grover and future pig rescues.

Vickery said it's imperative that small New England farms work together to promote consumer awareness, animal welfare and secure the agricultural way of life the region has enjoyed for generations.

"The time to act is now and in the case of Grover, that action will not only save his life, but could make an impact that goes beyond one animal, two businesses and a few people blazing a trail," Vickery said. "We have no doubt that Grover is an ambassador for meat pigs everywhere and are hopeful that his pardon will stimulate thought and conversation among many."

She's hopeful the collaboration with the Gilford farm stand will "stimulate thought and conversation" between other sanctuaries and farms.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com