Because Molly the pig was killed humanely, there is no legal action the BC SPCA can take

Animal lovers are mourning the loss of Molly the pet pig.

According to, the 3-year-old Vietnamese potbellied pig from British Columbia, Canada, ended up at the BC SPCA’s Cowichan & District Branch recently as part of a cruelty investigation.

After the shelter nursed Molly back to health, they adopted her out to a local family on Jan. 19 to live a life of happiness and relaxation.

A month later, the shelter discovered that the family who adopted Molly became overwhelmed with the reponsbilites of a pet pig. But instead of returning the animal to the BC SPCA, Molly’s new owners decided to kill and eat their new pet.

This awful truth was uncovered by another Canadian pig owner, Brandee McKee, who heard whispers about the family slaughtering the pig online.

Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, told that the rescue sent constables out to the family’s property to confirm that Molly was killed. The constables confirmed that Molly was killed humanely, leaving the BC SPCA, according to Chortyk, with little room for legal action.

“The reality is, it’s not illegal to kill your own animal in Canada. Someone can take a gun and shoot their dog in the head and as long as the dog dies instantly, unfortunately there’s no law against that,” Chortyk said.

Pot bellied pig
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This grim reality has left many outraged, including McKee, who cannot understand why Molly’s owners chose to eat her instead of rehome her. The staff at the shelter that nursed Molly back to full health is also heartbroken and confused, especially after the work they went through to find the pig what they thought was a perfect home.

“We would never adopt out an animal to be used for food,” Chortyk said. “So there’s quite a thorough adoption matching and discussion and counseling and that kind of thing. So this was the whole focus of the adoption counselling. They said, ‘Yes, this was going to be a pet, going to live on a farm, this is what we’re doing. They actually, put in writing that, ‘No, I will never use this animal for food’.”

The family that adopted Molly has now been flagged in the BC SPCA database to ensure they can’t adopt any other animals from the shelter.

“I’ve been here 17 years, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of this happening,” Chortyk added.

McKee hopes this tragic incident inspires change in Canada’s animal cruelty laws to prevent something like this from happening again.