All Mia wanted was to be with her children. At the same time, her time with them was fleeting.
Mia lived on a squalid pig farm, and had likely lost other piglets to starvation and slaughter in the past. Still, she fumed at the prospect of more needless goodbyes, and barked and charged whenever someone came too close.
Pigs like Mia make devoted mothers—defending their children from the moment they give birth, and even once their babies reach adulthood. They communicate with special grunts, and shelter their young in straw nests they build themselves; at Farm Sanctuary, we’ve even seen mothers tuck their grown kids in at night, and then snuggle into bed beside them!
But for millions of pigs across the country each year, these instincts can never materialize. Instead, farmers tear their babies away within days to weeks of their birth, in order to kill and process them as pork.