Alicia Day, 31, pictured, & # 39; rescued & # 39; Pig Jixy Pixy from the slaughter in Devon and paid £ 400 to take him to her flat in London
A vegan activist who has saved a pig from slaughter & # 39; was bumped into by animal campaigners after she kept it in a tiny apartment with two beds.
Alicia Day, 31, who at the time lived in Southall, West London, had a bath with the pig and even brought it to the Japanese chain of Wagamama before her landlord found out.
She paid £ 30 to save the eight-week-old animal named Jixy Pixy after she advertised it online from a farm that wanted to sell him to another farm where he would later be slaughtered.
Mrs. Day offered to take the pig instead and then spent £ 400 on a taxi to take Jixy Pixy from Exeter, Devon to London.
On Monday, however, her landlord learned about the pig and Mrs. Day, who has a master's degree in international business, had to hand him over to the RSPCA.
During their time together, Mrs. Day took Jixy Pixy on the train, let him run off the lead in busy city streets, and even took him to the park like a dog.
Mrs. Day said: & I can't save them all, but I thought I'd save one. Everything for my baby.
& # 39; I would go to the toilet and leave it outside and it would scream until I came back. When I first tried to touch him, he jumped back, but within 30 minutes he started coming to me when I called him. & # 39;
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Animal rights campaign threw Mrs. Day because she had kept eight-week-old Jixy Pixy in her flat. She took a bath with Jixy Pixy on the left and also shared meals at Wagamamas
Although she misses her pig friend now he is gone with the RSPCA, Mrs. Day said: & The sorrow that I am experiencing or the sorrow that the pig is going through to lose me is better than being slaughtered & # 39;
The couple also ventured on the tube and Mrs. Day would run Jixy Pixy in Ealing Broadway on a lead to the astonishment of spectators.
She said: & # 39; He is even easier to walk than a dog. We would be in the mall in the open air and I would sit there, relax and have a cup of tea.
& # 39; It was pretty crazy, because there was a constant crowd around the pig and kids loved it.
& # 39; People asked me questions and took pictures & called friends to say that there is a pig in Ealing.
Mrs. Day paid £ 400 to transport Jixy Pixy, left, from Devon to London after she saved him from the slaughter. She took the pig on the tube, on the right, and for walks with her
& # 39; Then I got the idea that this might emphasize that pigs aren't just food.
& # 39; Some people have clearly told me that they will become vegetarian after meeting my pig. & # 39;
Mrs. Day, originally from New York, said she now wants to investigate animal rights activism.
The former caregiver stopped eating 12-year-old meat before becoming a vegan this year.
She explained: & # 39; From childhood I found pigs very cute. I think I realized I am an adult now and I don't need to ask my parents for permission – I can actually do whatever I want. & # 39;
When the RSPCA arrived to take Jixy Pixy, pictured while he was sleeping, Mrs. Day said he was screaming and trying to run away – he didn't want to go & # 39;
Mrs. Day said that Jixy Pixy sat and prayed on her lap.
But the relationship ended abruptly when the landlord Alicia said on November 4 that she was leaving the flat – a week after she got the pig. It is thought that he has seen her messages on social media about Jixy Pixy & # 39; s life in London.
She decided to give the pig to the RSPCA – but not for a new trip to Wagamama.
She said: & # 39; I thought I wanted the pig to have a nice meal at Wagamama's and we sat outside on the terrace.
& # 39; We shared the Tofu Pad Thai – he always teased me to give him half of the food. & # 39;
Although the couple was approaching, Mrs. Day's landlord discovered on Monday that she had a pet and told her they had been banned from the flat, so she had to give Jixy Pixy to the RSPCA
When the RSPCA arrived to take Jixy Pixy away, Mrs. Day said he & # 39; was screaming and trying to run away – he didn't want to go & # 39 ;.
Mrs. Day now lives in a hotel and is financially supported by her sister in California, but she does not regret bringing the pig home.
She said: & The sorrow that I am experiencing or the sorrow that the pig is experiencing to lose me is better than being slaughtered.
& # 39; I am not going to buy more pigs because this will cause more problems with the RSPCA, which was not my intention. & # 39;
Mrs. Day hopes to teach people that pigs are not & # 39; dirty disgusting animals & # 39; and that they can be affectionate and emotional.
Jixy Pixy is now being taken to a shelter in Kent and Ms. Day said she hopes her efforts will inspire people to eat less meat.
She said: & # 39; Even if people eat one meal less with meat, it will make a difference. & # 39;
Mrs. Day hopes to teach people that pigs are not & # 39; dirty disgusting animals & # 39; to be. Jixy Pixy, pictured while she was still with Mrs. Day, is now going to a shrine in Kent
However, animal experts have said that Mrs. Day's actions showed a shocking lack of judgment.
Ian Woodhurst, agricultural campaign manager at World Animal Protection, said: “Pigs have complex needs and should not be kept at home.
V Pigs need a specific diet, must be kept separate from other animals and be able to display natural behaviors such as rooting and foraging on earth.
& # 39; They need a large space, a minimum area of 36 square meters, and access to an open-air wall and shelter from the sun.
& # 39; In addition, pigs need a permit if they are moved from the house to the vet, for example, and are illegal to transport in cars. & # 39;
The graduate masters said that the pig, left and right, was even easier to walk than a dog & # 39; when they went out and always received a lot of attention
The RSPCA also criticized Ms. Day for keeping a pig in a flat, with an animal charity spokesperson who said: & We advise anyone thinking about keeping a pig to consider if they have the time, have resources, commitment, knowledge and facilities to take care of them.
V Pigs require a lot of land and specialized facilities and the average lifespan is between five and ten years, although some can be up to 25 years.
& # 39; We are concerned about the welfare of pigs when kept as pets, due to the difficulty of meeting their needs.
& # 39; Pet pigs have specific needs and, just like pigs with breeding, there are strict laws regarding their diet, identification and relocation, as well as permits required to keep them. It can be a challenge to take good care of it. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; We were called by the owner on Monday for help with this pig.
& # 39; With the owner's permission, we have collected the pig from an address in Ealing and he has now been moved under license to a more suitable accommodation before he found a permanent home in the countryside. & # 39;
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