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Keep S&S Exotics from selling underage pets

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On Saturday, April 21st, my husband and I attended the Nashville Exotic Pet Expo and took home a Mini Pig from S&S Exotics who came into Tennessee from Houston, Texas. 

We noticed after we got him home that he wasn’t eating the pellets, and became apparent he was way to young to have been adopted out, they had told me he was two and a half months old. We kept him on a heating pad, he had fresh water and I tried to get him to eat goats milk and rice cereal but it wasn’t enough and he passed away early April 24th.

Since this happened I have learned a lot about what is needed to bring these sorts of animals into this state and what they need to have provided to have been legal. Such as needing Health Certificates from the USDA. I was not provided with any sort of documents. They gave me a shipping box with holes punched into it and sent us on our way. We were first timers with pigs and I wish so much I could have known this place was setting everyone who purchased a piglet from them up for failure (They said they brought 8 piglets to the show and me and another girl had gotten the last 2).

I have contacted the State of Tennessee's Agriculture Crimes Department but I want to make sure that something is done and people are made aware. You CANNOT take a baby away from its mother. It's cruel and unsafe. Not only that but entering a state with animals who don't have the correct documentation isn't only unsafe for them, but the other animals they come into contact with. That expo was crowded with other animals for sale and those brought in by their owners.

My goal is to make sure this breeder can't breed and sell underage animals again. They don't take the welfare of the animal into consideration and see them as moneymakers. 

 So, if you believe like I do that this is a cruel and inhumane practice please sign so we can bring more attention to this. They need to not be able to breed piglets, and the various other animals they breed and sell from Texas and these kind of expo's.

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