Horror as Eastbourne school sends pet pig to the slaughter

Marmite

Ria and Marmite in happier days

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A pet pig was sent to slaughter by a school sparking a bitter dispute with the owners.

The black boar called Marmite, who was almost a year old, was sent to West Rise Junior School to join the rest of their animals after his owner, Ria Dell, 21, from Eastbourne, said he was getting “lonely”.

Ms Dell had been given Marmite for her birthday in July last year and raised him as a pet before putting him into what she understood to be a “boarding agreement” with the school.

Marmite was placed into a pen with another group of pigs in January but two months later he was dead.

Ms Dell said she was visiting the pig three times a week until he disappeared from the school.

After numerous phone calls Ms Dell discovered Marmite had been sent to slaughter at Tottingworth Farm in Broad Oak.

She said: “He was a pet, he wasn’t livestock. Imagine what it would be like to have that happen to your dog.

“He would come when you called his name, he would sit in my lap for cuddles and he would give kisses.

“When I found out I |was devastated. I couldn’t believe it and I was just screaming.”

It has been reported the school said the pig was slaughtered due to the fact he was too aggressive to be integrated with the rest of their animals and bit the school’s site manager and attempted to bite a child.

The school also says it removed him upon the recommendation of a vet and attempted to find suitable housing for him on another site. It also claims legal ownership of the pig.

But Lisa Dell, Ria’s mother, said: “He was our baby. We loved him to pieces and we were just trying to do what was best for him.”

Both parties have claims on Marmite based on paperwork, with the school saying the General License for the Movement of Pigs form, which it received before moving Marmite to Tottingworth Farm, lists it as owner.

Ms Dell and her family, on the other hand, claim the Animal Health Registration document which they have for Marmite shows they are the rightful owners.

A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesperson confirmed the General Licence for the Movement of Pigs form was for movement only, not ownership.

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9:24am Tue 8 Apr 14

Morpheus says...

What was best for the pig was for it not to be kept as a pet in the first place.
What was best for the pig was for it not to be kept as a pet in the first place. Morpheus
  • Score: 11

9:31am Tue 8 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

MORE COMPENSATION. Was she paying for board and lodgings. And by the way pigs don't make good birthday presents the same goes for dogs when they're months old it's great to have and then after a few months later reality sets in and of to the dog pound they go only to be put down when a new owner can't be found.
MORE COMPENSATION. Was she paying for board and lodgings. And by the way pigs don't make good birthday presents the same goes for dogs when they're months old it's great to have and then after a few months later reality sets in and of to the dog pound they go only to be put down when a new owner can't be found. TIMBURRY
  • Score: 4

10:11am Tue 8 Apr 14

mtmoocher says...

As regards ownership, someone is telling porkies!
As regards ownership, someone is telling porkies! mtmoocher
  • Score: -1

11:12am Tue 8 Apr 14

Fight_Back says...

Hmmm .... I wonder how much thought and research went into the decision to get a pig as a pet ? If the family had bothered to do so ( rather than just get a pig because they thought it unusual and trendy ) they might have found out that pigs need company of other pigs.
Hmmm .... I wonder how much thought and research went into the decision to get a pig as a pet ? If the family had bothered to do so ( rather than just get a pig because they thought it unusual and trendy ) they might have found out that pigs need company of other pigs. Fight_Back
  • Score: 4

1:30pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Spx says...

We treat animals like shet!
We treat animals like shet! Spx
  • Score: 3

1:50pm Tue 8 Apr 14

gingersandy38 says...

cant understand why they took this action. When they couldn't have notified the previous owner and ask them what they would like to be done. Instead of causing this distress.
cant understand why they took this action. When they couldn't have notified the previous owner and ask them what they would like to be done. Instead of causing this distress. gingersandy38
  • Score: 7

2:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

littlemonkeysmum says...

All these people talking about having a pig as a pet, well strangely enough we didn't have dogs and cats as "pets" the dogs were used for working and cats were feral, you were more likely to see goats and cattle animals living amongst people. So having a pig in the house is not what everyone would like but there is no law against it, the same as some people would dream of having reptiles or spiders but some people see them as pets. You wouldn't ask kill someone else's pet just because you thought it might be vicious...would you?
All these people talking about having a pig as a pet, well strangely enough we didn't have dogs and cats as "pets" the dogs were used for working and cats were feral, you were more likely to see goats and cattle animals living amongst people. So having a pig in the house is not what everyone would like but there is no law against it, the same as some people would dream of having reptiles or spiders but some people see them as pets. You wouldn't ask kill someone else's pet just because you thought it might be vicious...would you? littlemonkeysmum
  • Score: 3

3:28pm Tue 8 Apr 14

justice4marmite says...

Who's getting compensation then?people keep all sorts of pets
That's up to them a Micra pig is breed as a pet. You can do
All sorts if research until you get that pet and they all get thete
Own personality,so realise he needed to be around his own was
A unselfish act to make sure he was happy. The whole point
Of the story that no one gets he was a pet not live stock he was
Move without consent.perhaps voice your anger at all the dog's
That are in your papers free to good home and where they end up.
This school is known for its animals so you would think it was
A loving place he was seen every day.
Who's getting compensation then?people keep all sorts of pets That's up to them a Micra pig is breed as a pet. You can do All sorts if research until you get that pet and they all get thete Own personality,so realise he needed to be around his own was A unselfish act to make sure he was happy. The whole point Of the story that no one gets he was a pet not live stock he was Move without consent.perhaps voice your anger at all the dog's That are in your papers free to good home and where they end up. This school is known for its animals so you would think it was A loving place he was seen every day. justice4marmite
  • Score: -5

4:24pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Roundbill says...

So some chav gets bought a pig as a house-pet, it gets too difficult to keep because it's, y'know, a FARM ANIMAL, so she fobs it off on a local school so she doesn't have to pay for food and vet's bills. They try to look after it but it becomes even more difficult owing to the fact that it's an aggressive adolescent male, so they end up having to get rid of it. Are we supposed to feel sympathy for her? She sounds like a brainless freeloader to me.
So some chav gets bought a pig as a house-pet, it gets too difficult to keep because it's, y'know, a FARM ANIMAL, so she fobs it off on a local school so she doesn't have to pay for food and vet's bills. They try to look after it but it becomes even more difficult owing to the fact that it's an aggressive adolescent male, so they end up having to get rid of it. Are we supposed to feel sympathy for her? She sounds like a brainless freeloader to me. Roundbill
  • Score: 3

7:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sir Prised says...

What's a junior school doing running a zoo anyway? No wonder so many of our children leave school unable to read and write adequately for even basic employment. They're more like play-schools these days.
What's a junior school doing running a zoo anyway? No wonder so many of our children leave school unable to read and write adequately for even basic employment. They're more like play-schools these days. Sir Prised
  • Score: 2

8:32pm Tue 8 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

What a vile evil way to behave - this school is a disgrace for doing that to someone's pet.

Why didn't they contact her first? Disgusting.

I'd sue them if I were her.

Poor pig - he must have had a horrific end.
What a vile evil way to behave - this school is a disgrace for doing that to someone's pet. Why didn't they contact her first? Disgusting. I'd sue them if I were her. Poor pig - he must have had a horrific end. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -2

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