Wilbur, the Staten Island pig who has to leave his home or be “disposed of” by the city, is running out of time and his champion, Sen. Tony Avella, has issued a direct challenge to Mayor Bill de Blasio: Fix this archaic law or I will when I become mayor.
Acknowledging the city is dealing with a few ramifications of President Donald Trump’s pen, most recently, an executive order to cut funding to sanctuary cities, Avella said de Blasio is doing “a poor job” of caring for the city and its individuals.
When we’re slovenly or eat too much, we’re called pigs. If our apartments are messy, they are compared to pig sties. And it has been said that pigs are happiest when rolling in… well, you get the idea.
But the argument remains that domesticated pigs aren’t the same as pigs on a farm. Matteo’s pig happily lives with her dog, is housetrained and is not aggressive, Avella said.
Whoever dropped the dime on Wilbur isn’t completely off base. It is illegal to have a pet pig, pet monkey or other exotic pets in New York City. Evenferrets are personas non-gratain the city that neversleeps.
“Unfortunately, that’s just a sign of the times we live in today,” Brooklyn veterinarian Dr. Salvatore Pernice said. “Everyone doesn’t mind their own business.”
Pernice doesn’t know Wilbur personally, but boards his own potbelly pig at a sanctuary in Pennsylvania.
“I can tell you from my own personal experience, the pig is not barking,” he said, adding that his 170-pound dog weighs more than his 95-pound pig.