“Shh…!” I said to my roommate as I walked in front of the TV and frantically grabbed my phone. He was confused until we saw this cute, cuddly, crazily-named, creature (this video clip is very low resolution and does NOT give this majestic marvel justice).
A whistle-pig that we have named Solomon (yes, that is my name too but there is no relation) and this animal is as cute and they are hairy. Solomon likes top hangout in the parking area behind our apartment and on the steps in featured in this picture. As much as I love seeing Solomon and as much as hearing Solomon’s whistle sounds brings me joy, I feel bad. I have been living in my apartment for a little more than a year, my roommate has been there a bit longer than two years; little Solomon has roots in this location going back possibly thousands of years.
Whistle-pig land has been stolen, and many take it upon themselves to kill the creatures when they try and reclaim it. According to Indiana Department of Natural Resources, whistle-pigs “can be captured or killed year-round without a permit or hunting or trapping license from the DNR, and there are no limits to the number that can be taken.” This is harmful not only from a policy standpoint, but also from a justice standpoint. Maybe it is okay, because whistle-pigs have no rights. Why do we not grant rights to whistle-pigs, or any other animal?
Should we grant rights to animals? This piece on an adorable whistle-pig (that I personally love like a younger brother) is not the first mention of giving living non-human organisms rights. Americans for Medical Advancement (AFMA), Animal Justice Project, Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Anti-vivisection Coalition (AVC), Cruelty Free International (CFI), Eleventh Hour for Animals, For Life on Earth (FLOE), and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are just a few groups. Most of these groups tackle animal experimentation, but the problem of not giving amazing animals like Solomon some sort of protection is just that: a problem.