The “sick bay” was a sick bay by name only. The forty or so piglets contained in the small shed were not being treated for any of their obvious signs of illness or injury. They were simply in a holding pattern, waiting unknowingly for their lives to end. Spray painted markings on their little bodies told of when their deaths would come.
The rescue team walked slowly through the damp straw, scanning every inch of the shed for those most in need; a decision never made without heartache… heartbreak. A careful foot gently nudged a lifeless body under the wet, stale straw and a sad, silent rescuer knelt down to uncover a dead piglet.
As the piglet was lifted from his grave an almost inaudible sound escaped his lips. Was it just gas leaving his already decomposing body? The rescuer ran her hands across his skeletal frame and felt the slightest rise of his chest. The piglet was alive. Never before had the rescuer seen a piglet so thin and yet still breathing. His eyes were sealed shut with faeces and mud. The blind, barely living piglet was then carried away, across ditches and fields and electric fences, to the warmth of a car, hidden in the scrub.
Sunrise showed the full extent of the piglet’s condition. Not only was he nothing more than skin and bones, he was terribly deformed. Scoliosis of the spine meant he could not lift his nose more than a centimetre or two from the ground. He was also suffering from a respiratory infection that caused him to struggle with each breath. Immediately he was started on what was hoped to be life saving medications and was given tiny amounts of food around the clock, to allow his body to learn again to accept sustenance.
His eyes were tenderly washed; his sight restored. Sadly there was no spark of will, of defiance; the little piglet’s spirit was crushed. But he did love cuddles, and wrapped up in a blanket would rest his head against whoever would hold him for as long as they could hold him. He would soak up any affection there was to be had, and of course there was much affection to be offered.
This story does not have a happy ending. The little piglet died one morning shortly after his rescue. He took his last breath as his carer brought his breakfast to him. She desperately tried to save him, blowing air from her lips to his and pleading with him to keep trying, but he was gone. He was gone and the carer cried.
His name was Shmuel.
just too heartbreaking, tears rolling down my face.
PLEASE STOP EATING THEM SO THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER.
I wept for you Schmuel
I wept too
When are people going to realize that there is no guilt free, ethical way to consume flesh. Thank you for your love and care for dear, precious Shmuel, at least he knew love, care and kindness unlike most of his kind.
Sally, absolutely right – no-one can eat animal flesh and expect to have clean hands and a clear conscience. All animals exist for their own reasons, and they feel hunger, thirst, fear, pain, grief, loneliness and isolation. Yet ‘humans’ think it is okay to load these innocent, terrified beings onto huge trucks, and they are taken to be slaughtered. There is no such thng as ‘humane slaughter’. Everyone who eats meat should have to go to a slaughterhouse and see the horrors inflicted on these gentle, innocent beings. Shmuel, lovely little creature, rest in peace, no human can hurt you ever again. So glad that he knew love and kindness at the end.
Eventually the world will go vegan. It will take far too long, and too many more lives will be lost, but one day it will happen. We just have to keep our focus on that future :l
R.I.P. poor darling Schmuel. I’m sorry, you were born into this cruel world full of heartless,empty humans. My dream is for a vegan world where all species can live their full natural life, where no life is used or abused, tortured or murdered.
At least now his story has been told to the world, and hopefully the story of Schmuel changes someones heart.
He knew love before he left … thank you for this :’( …
Well done, RSPCA indeed. If this is the result of your work for the animals then clearly you are doing a s*** job. What can you expect of those running agribusiness/research labs/hunting societies etc. when you, who have devoted yourself and your work to these creatures fail them in such a egregious way?? Nothing. Rest in peace, Schmuel – and all like you. You are free now.
God bless you for his rescue and for giving him back his dignity.
Rest forever in peace Shmuel , you were too perfect for this cruel human dominated world x
thx for caring. This has to be stopped. thx again for caring!!
****OMG*****************ashamed to be a “human”…….
LOVE YOU GUYS!
Thank you for this beautiful, bittersweet story. The beauty lies in the fact that in his last days, he knew kindness and tenderness for the first time in is unimaginably cruel life. God bless his care givers.
Bless you ALV for saving Shmuel and offering comfort to him in his final days. His story like the many others brings tears to my eyes and sadness to my heart. I am so very sorry you were hurt so badly. RIP little darling xxxooo
God bless this person who gave him love,so he died sadly but knowing love,God bless you,xxx
My heart is broken for this piglet, and the millions of pigs suffering now for peoples taste!
GO VEGAN AND TELL EVERYONE TO PLEASE BE VEGAN. LETS END IT IN MY LIFETIME.
God bless you all for showing him love.
Sleep little one. Far away from this cruel world. Your suffering is over :’( x
tender tears for this sacred piglet divine…and all the piglets will be saved by our love <3
Thank you for the love and care shown to this poor animal the only positive about the whole story is that he did know love and compassion in his too short life. I do not eat pigs or sheep or cows or chickens its time as a society that we showed more love less greed, more kindness less cruelty and put an END to eating animals.
This kind of cruelty should never happen again or repeated!!
Shmuel died in loving arms, for the first time in his his short little life he felt compassion
Thank you for letting him feel some love at the end. Like Tina, sometimes I’m ashamed to be human. The tears are flowing
Thank you for showing Shmuel a little ray of light in his short but painful and obscure life. It is heartbreaking that we are allowing this to continue. Human domination of other species must come to an end.
thanks to you guys I appreciate what you do love Bern Its so sad
makes me ashamed to be human…I will NEVER understand the minds of some people…how they can have no feelings ….I am so pleased at least that Samuel died in friendly arms….shame on these wicked wicked people…why are people not going to jail for abuse on animals? we need answers!!!
He died surrounded by love and good people. He knew you were trying to help him, but he had fought for so long, he couldn’t fight anymore. So sad for all the others that die alone.
I’m so sorry that Shmuel knew such brutality, but am glad his last days were filled with the comfort that love gives. Bless his rescuers.
Thank you for loving him <3
Goodnight Shmuel. Rest easy now. xx
Precious one, you mattered to many. I have a Mother and baby piglet on my lawn (while every other lawn on this island hosts, fish, pelicans, turtle statues). today, I name Moultrie’s baby, Shmuel.:’(
Damn you, RSPCA for not doing your job and damn you to hell all those humans who either perpetrated this cruely or turned a blind eye to it!
I will NEVER understand such lack of compassion for these beautiful, intelligent, defenceless sentient beings.
I hate this hell on earth we humans have created. Poor beautiful creatures. Besides living a vegan life, what can we so to stop this cruel mistreatment of animals in farming. I want to help but don’t know where to start.
THANKS for showing him love and caring for him. He is now sleeping peacefully
What has happened at this pig farm must not happen again. We have exploited God’s gift of pigs I am certain there are thousands more like Shmmuel that need love and care. May we continue to keep our hearts and minds open.
so sad. so so sad.
This breaks my heart.. I am forever glad this wee baby had all the love and care he could wish for in his last days. He died loved – thank you
bless you baby,at least you passed in loving company,run free with all that have been taken so cruelly before you xxxxx
SHAME ON RSPCA – YOU ARE A DISGRACE FOR ENDORSING THESE HORRENDOUS ACTS OF ANIMAL ABUSE. I also complained to the ACCC quite some time ago for Ottway Pork misleading people into believing their product was true free range.
I was so horrified and cried my eyes out to read about little Smuel. As a nation we should be ashamed of what he and other battery-farmed animals are made to endure.
Thank you Animal Liberation for this website and your tireless efforts to rescue abused animals and raise awareness.
Thank you for giving Shmuel love in his dying days. Thank you for trying, thank you for caring. If everyone was like you there would be no more stories like this. The cruelty would end.
God bless you!!!
heartbreak. I can only imagine how painful it is to choose one animal to save knowing that that choice means another will be left behind. Thanks for everything you do.
Thank you for showing Shmuel some love. We are soldiers in a war against cruelty and suffering. Be strong and fight on.
What a nightmare life we inflict on our fellow creatures, all they want is to enjoy the sunlight and life on this beautiful planet, and because of us they are born into misery and know only suffering–all to satisfy our appetites. How more horrid can the human race become? Bless you for loving this sweet baby.
I cried tears for u ! Ur kind is not meant for consumption. ! I loved u lil piglet!
I am so sorry this little baby did not survive, he did however get to spend the rest of his life with people who showed love and compassion to the poor baby> if this story doesn’t make people realize the horrors these poor animals endure everyday so people have a misconception these animals are treated humanly so that we can eat them, then nothing will. I am so happy to know that little Shmel had you to be there for him Blessings to you there is a special place in heaven for you all. And the only good thing I can say is karma is a bitch to do this to animals…
Poor, precious little angel but now you’ve got the love you and all living creatures deserve.
The RSPCA should be fined a million pounds. They do nothing to help animals – they only know how to collect money.
Be happy and free little one <3
I am thankful he knew some love and kindness before he left for a better place. If only we could save them all.
Shmuel. Rest in peace at last.
I wish everyone was aware of these things.
Thank you for bringing these stories of rescues to us. It helps me each day to value life in whatever form it is, and choose compassion over cruelty.
Thank you for giving Shmuel the love he deserved during his last hours, he will sleep forever in peace.
heartbreaking, pigs are just like dog’s and cats.
Thank you for giving him love and care in his last moments of life. To the devils who are responsible for this, may they rot in hell.
how can a bacon sandwich be worth this cruelty and suffering? Poor little pig x
RIP, sweet animal!
Heartbreaking, couldn’t stop crying And even more so for all the other piglets and animals undergoing such torture, abuse and cruelty beyond words every single second and feeling so helpless for these innocent and peaceful beings. Praying for a world in which one day only vegans exist…
Only God can take a life. We are never to kill. Never should a life suffer in the hand’s of humans.
I really thought there would be a happy ending,
at least he had some affection before passing,
On & on go the killings; pigs are bright & full of energy. Please do not eat them & this will solve the problem. Let them live as they enjoy life & want to continue. Slaughter houses are the worst & the people there are so unkind to pigs…babies or adults. Our world is certainly an unkind one.
I am sitting here reading this crying, what evil, cruel, sadistic, barbaric, torturous, sick, heartless and soulless monsters to do this to this baby pig and all of the others. The evil monsters that did this should have been jailed for so long and never allowed to own or be near any animals again. Poor beautiful babies.