Pigcasso is a rescue pig with a unique talent. Shortly after recovering from the factories the 250-kg sow, Joanne Lefson, new owner discovered that the pig had a taste for art, rather pronounced ….


Photo credit: Joanne Lefson

When Joanne Lefson of Cape Town, South Africa, rescued a pig from an industrial pig farm, she did not expect to end up with an animal with flair for art. In her new home at Farm Sanctuary SA, an organization that saves animals from industrial conditions, the sow began to take a serious interest in the paint brushes around her pen. According to her owner, they were the only thing she did not eat.

Joanne has therefore decided to train Pigcasso to paint always better using a positive reinforcement technique in which animals receive food rewards. From big cats to rays to elephants, many captive animals learn to paint, with or without this method.

She was originally bred for slaughter on a pig farm, but was rescued at the age of four weeks by her current owner who was upset by the squalid conditions in which the sow lived.

Breeding sows are confined in tight cages for life, while their offspring are raised for pork and kept in dirty and overcrowded conditions … without straw, without access to the outdoors and without quality of life. […] The hogs of today’s industrial farms are kept in ruthless conditions deliberately hidden from public view, “says Joanne.

Strangely enough, Joanne says she has tried to entertain Pigcasso with various activities and the sow first showed a little interest in football, before taking her first painting, but it is the painting that has remained.

Photo credit: Joanne Lefson

“Pigcasso loves waddling to explore Cape Town’s picturesque landscape with his easel,” says Joanne.

Image credit in the news: Joanne Lefson



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