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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Pig Walks into a Bar

Well, actually at the Pub in the Paddock in Tasmania, Australia, Priscilla and P.B. are residents of the bar. They also happen to enjoy the occasional beer. That has sparked charges of animal cruelty. In the words of Liz Jackson of the animal rights organization Choose Cruelty Free, "It's not natural to give a pig beer." (OK, this quote creates a long list of possible jokes. I'm going to restrain myself.)

Pub Owner Anne Free told the Australian Broadcast Corp. that she waters down the beer so the pigs do not become drunk. Far from cruelty, Free says the pigs "look forward" to a beer or two. She's backed up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who investigated and found the pigs were perfectly fine.

"Whilst it is a difficult pill to swallow, it's certainly not cruelty, unfortunately," said Rick Butler of the RSPCA.

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