Vegan, 31, rescued pig ‘Jixy Pixy’ and took it to Wagamama, in £400 taxi rides and bathed with it – The SunNovember 7, 2019
A VEGAN activist took a rescue pig on £400 taxi rides and trips to Wagamama after 'rescuing' it from a farm.
Alicia Day, 31, paid £30 for 'Jixy Pixy' after seeing him advertised online – before moving him into her tiny two-bed flat in Southall, London.
The New York-born activist shelled out £400 to take him from the farm in Exeter, Devon, to West London via taxi.
She said: "I can’t save them all but I thought I would save one. Anything for my baby."
Alicia and Jixy Pixy soon became inseparable – but her landlord soon banned the animal from the flat.
She took him on trains, trips to shopping centres and parks – once walking him around Ealing Broadway on a lead to the astonishment of onlookers.
She said: "He is even easier to walk than a dog.
"We would be at the shopping centre in the open air and I would sit there, relax and have a cup of tea.
"It was pretty crazy because there was constantly a crowd around the pig and kids loved it.
"People were asking me questions and taking pictures and phoning friends to say there is a pig in Ealing.
"That’s when I got the idea that maybe this will highlight that pigs are not just food.
"Some people told me point blank they are becoming a vegetarian after meeting my pig."
Alicia was forced to turn Jixy over to the RSPCA after her landlord threatened to evict her if the pig didn't go.
She added: "The sadness I am going through or the sadness the pig is going through at losing me is better than him being slaughtered.
"I thought I would let the pig have one more nice meal at Wagamama and we sat in the outdoor seating.
"We shared the Tofu Pad Thai – he always bullies me into giving him half the food."
Ian Woodhurst, farming campaigns manager at World Animal Protection, said: “Pigs have complex needs and should not be kept in the home.
"Pigs require a specific diet, need to be kept apart from other animals and be able to express natural behaviours such as rooting and foraging in earth.
"They need a large space, minimum area of 36 square meters, and access to an outdoor wallow and shelter from the sun.
"In addition pigs require a license if being moved from the home to the vet for example and are illegal to transport in cars."
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