Change Southfield Ordinances To Allow For Domesticated Pigs
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Pigs are intelligent, very clean and loving animals. They make amazing pets for dedicated and responsible owners. Currently, city code (in countless cities across the nation) have laws prohibiting pigs within city limits. They do not account for the difference in domestic pigs vs farm pigs in size.
It is understandable that outdoor 'farm' pigs should not be allowed within city limits to prevent unsightly pens and odors from invading our neighborhoods, due to unsatisfactory dwellings for pigs made by man. However, domesticated potbelly pigs (aka teacup pigs, miniature pigs etc) should be the exception to the rule, and the laws should be updated to reflect the difference between 'livestock' and 'domestic pets'.
Obviously, pet pigs would have to abide by the same codes and regulations as other domestic pets like dogs (no roaming at large, kept on a leash when being walked, spayed and neutered and maintained with proper vet care etc). Our Pet has been neutered and goes regularly to the vet 2 times a year for checkups, vaccinations and overall hygiene. He is well supervised at all times and never left unattended.
People are allowed to keep dangerous predatory dogs that reach over 100 lbs but pigs are similar in size and stature however they are prey and as such are more docile. Pigs are excellent alternatives to people who have allergies to dogs and cats, they do not carry fleas like other domestic pets, and they are excellent therapy animals for special needs individuals.
According to Professor Donald Broom of the Cambridge University Veterinary School, "[Pigs] have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than human] 3-year-olds."
In his book The Whole Hog, biologist and Johannesburg Zoo director Lyall Watson writes, "I know of no other animals [who] are more consistently curious, more willing to explore new experiences, more ready to meet the world with open mouthed enthusiasm. Pigs, I have discovered, are incurable optimists and get a big kick out of just being."
In conclusion our pet Dexter is a very loving and kind spirited animal, that is quietly content to just roam the backyard and cuddle at night. He is not your typical stereotyped "Swine" that you have come to believe him to be. I am requesting you to change your mind and allow us to keep Dexter as a big part of our family.
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