The story of Esther the wonder-pig
Esther was a pig who was originally destined for the dinner plate, born on a commercial farm but then cast aside for being the runt of a pig litter. As a piglet she was adopted by Toronto couple Derek and Steve, who had been told she was a micro-pig and was always going to stay small; she soon grew much bigger than their two dogs and it became clear she was no micro-pig. But Derek and Steve adored her so much that her size was not an issue for them.
It was through Esther’s growth into a normal-sized sow that her dads realised she’d been born on a commercial farm, and they began to tell people about how welcoming Esther into their family had given her a chance to live the life she deserved - something too many other pigs never got.
As she grew older the couple began to see how affectionate and intelligent Esther really was, and how she wasn’t actually that different from their dogs. She loved cuddles with Derek and Steve and would always look for them when she wanted to nap next to them, she would learn tricks fast and she loved playing tug-of-war and tag out in the garden. She was also incredibly gentle and was always easy to feed by hand.
Soon, both Derek and Steve realised that the animals they had always called ‘dinner’ weren’t so different from the animals they called ‘friends’. They both decided to go vegan.
In an interview with PETA, Derek and Steve stated why Esther’s story is so important to share and how she has changed their lives:
"All we’ve done is taken what was bred for somebody’s dinner and given her a chance to be herself. We want people to see Esther and make the connection between her and the millions of pigs exactly like her who weren’t so lucky. To show that, given the chance, these amazing animals grow to become the most amazing and compassionate animals you’ll ever meet. I look into her eyes, and I see someone looking straight back. Someone who knows and loves me just as we do her. I see someone, not something."