Cook Islands SPCA member Victoria Kennedy took to Facebook this week to say while out walking recently, she came across some pigs looking very skinny and unhealthy.
“As a member of the CISPCA I approached the owners, who were in the process of holding down another pig, trying to free its leg with a machete from a rope that was so tight it had grown into its leg.
“When I told them the pigs were too thin and need urgent attention they said the pigs were ‘sick’.”
“I asked them if they had called the vets they said ‘no’,” she said.
Kennedy suggested she could call the vets, but the owners then became aggressive, held up the machete and said ‘go away, we’re busy’.
“This is disgusting behaviour and poor animal care.”
“There were more piglets there and as the bigger pigs are so malnourished, I don’t see how they can feed more piglets.”
CI News understands the CISPCA intended to call Ministry of Agriculture, the police, and Esther Honey to alert them to the state of the pigs.
The SPCA has long been calling for a change to Cook Islands law, as the current fine for animal cruelty is only $20.