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The Controversy Between Pot Belly Pigs and Celebrities

May 14, 2010

Pot belly pigs have been becoming increasingly popular pets for Hollywood celebrities since 2008 and now there are more celebrity pot belly pig owners than ever. However, we question whether this is a good or a bad thing.
According to OK! Magazine, widely-known actor, George Clooney has owned a pot belly pig for 20 years. He tells OK!“Pot belly pigs are so smart. It’s like dealing with a human. If you yell at a 5-year-old child, it hurts. Like when your dad yells at you. That’s what a pig feels. People don’t realize that. It’s a negative and a positive at the same time. They’re good pets but they’re not like owning a dog. They’re very clean and they have a lot of personality and they get very nippy. People get scared of them when they get older because they come and start nibbling at you. They’ve got little chompers and it hurts. I’m hoping that 2-3 years from now we don’t start seeing these pot belly pigs. It is a fad, like the girls walking the red carpet with their small dogs.”

At least Clooney knows the intelligence of pot belly pigs and knows how much TLC they really need. However, some celebrities, like Paris Hilton, have expressed their interest in pot belly pigs, and made animal activist group, P.E.T.A. very upset. Many people operate under the assumption that pot belly pigs stay small, when in fact they do not. Most end up weighing about 120-150 pounds. Pot belly pigs also require a large amount of attention, which celebrities who travel often and work long hours constantly just can’t provide.
In conclusion, celebrities, we don’t have anything against you, and although you may love the idea of being a loving pot belly pig owner, unless you plan on retiring to live a life of leisure in your million dollar mansion, don’t get a pot belly pig as a pet. They have as much intelligence as a 4-year-old child, require excessive amounts of care and aren’t exactly a pet you can carry in your purse.