My name is Daisy and I am one of the trustees of Second Chance Animal Rescue in Kent. Here at SCAR we have over 50 rescued pigs and have been working with the Dementia Cafe advising them on care of pigs for when they rehome their lucky animals!
One of the pigs we have at Second Chance is called Dennis. Dennis is just over one year old and was rescued from slaughter last year. He had been born on a working farm and had been sent to the slaughterhouse at 6 months old, this is standard practice especially since once male pigs reach puberty their hormones are said to cause a ‘taint’ to the taste of pork, known as boar taint. Therefore pigs are mostly 6 months old when slaughtered.
Dennis had been sent to slaughter but upon reaching the kill floor the abattoir workers noticed an error with his paperwork, and sent him back to the farm with a new slaughter date set for 2 weeks later. Fortunately the day after Dennis’ awful ordeal at the slaughterhouse, I happened to meet him.
The rest is history and Dennis came to Second Chance instead of going back to the abattoir!
He now lives with our other rescued pigs, as well as some of our goats, sheep, and our resident emu Mumu!
Having been vegan for almost 15 years I was delighted to speak with Emily from Dementia Café about her work. The effect of diet on our health is obviously of great importance to many of us, and I had also studied the effects of diet during my university studies. Because of this I fully support the Dementia Cafe in their efforts to promote veganism, and in their passion for helping those who suffer from dementia; an absolutely terrible disease.