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September 20, 2012
The vegan proselytizers at Mercy for Animals, PETA, and the Humane Society of the United States have propaganda campaigns claiming that housing pregnant pigs in individual maternity pens is inhumane, but their shrill screeds aren't backed up by veterinarians. ("Glen Burnie Walmart shoppers to be confronted with giant, bloodied, inflatable pig," Sept. 18). The American Association of Swine Veterinarians finds that individual housing is a humane method, and the American Veterinary Medical Association finds that maternity pens provide for animal welfare.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Using live pigs to train future doctors in surgery is unethical and unnecessary, members of a health and animal rights group said Thursday during a protest of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says Hopkins is one of four schools around the country that still use animals in training. About two dozen doctors and others held signs outside Johns Hopkins Hospital reading "Baltimore Deserves Better" and "End Animal Labs.
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FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2012
These little piggies went to the zoo... Erna, in front, and Willy are two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, a popular attraction at the Tierpark Berlin in Germany. Acccording to the zoo, they young pigs are the institution's new lucky charms.  
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Five community art projects, including a sculptural weather station featuring a giant pig, a children's garden full of upward-growing, kinetic "sculptures" and Baltimore's tallest mural, will begin transforming some of Baltimore's underused public spaces later this year. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts has announced the winners of the annual Transformative Arts Prize. This year, PNC Bank will donate more than $100,000 to enable artists working with neighborhood residents to permanently reinvent vacant lots, parks and streetscapes.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
When I read the letter in the Saturday edition of The Sun "Pregnant pigs treated humanely" (Sept. 22), I had to laugh out loud when I read the name of the person who wrote the letter. Rick Berman is a well-known hired gun who uses front groups, such as "Center for Consumer Freedom," to defend his corporate clients in Washington, D.C. The "veterinarians" Mr. Berman describes in his letter claiming the policy of confining pregnant sows in cages so small that they cannot turn around and can barely stand up for their entire life is in fact humane are the same veterinarians who are on the huge agribusiness payroll.
NEWS
September 27, 2011
I hope great care is taken adopting out the two young potbelly pigs spotted in Linthicum ("Cuteness no defense as law closes in on fugitive swine," Sept. 24). I'm sure pig rescue farm owner Susan Magidson has the experience and judgment needed, but I know from being a potbelly pig sponsor through the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary in Arizona that few people are up to the challenge and expense of keeping a large, strong, intelligent social animal who needs a very large secure pen or yard - preferably one with a heated house for winter, and plenty of shade and a mud wallow for summer.
NEWS
November 25, 1990
In the last meeting of its term, the Baltimore County Council unanimously approved a bill declaring Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs to be pets. That exempts them from county zoning laws which otherwise would require one acre of land per swine.More than that. Dogs and cats must be licensed but pigs roam around tax-free. "It would probably have cost $37,000 to set up the machinery. And for what -- half a dozen pigs," explained Council Administrator Thomas Toporovich.Hog while you may. Once the numbers increase, the tax man cometh.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Pigs will soon fly in Hampden. Guinea pigs, that is. Bazaar , purveyors of "oddities and curiosities" on Chestnut Avenue, will be offering a six-hour class in taxidermy on Jan. 19. During the class -- which is taught by renowned taxidermist Katie Innamorato -- students will fashion winged guinea pigs. Before you get your fur ruffled over the thought of taxidermy-ing the poor little creatures, the store's co-owner, Greg Hatem, said the guinea pigs are "ethically sourced.
BUSINESS
Baltimore Sun Staff | September 18, 2012
Shoppers seeking to spend their rainy Tuesday running errands at the Walmart in Glen Burnie will be confronted with a 10-foot tall inflatable pig, standing in a cage and showing open, bleeding wounds. The animal rights organization Mercy For Animals is protesting Walmart's use of pork suppliers who confine pregnant pigs in tiny crates, where they are unable to lie down or turn around. According to Mercy For Animals, the practice is banned in nine U.S. states and the entire European Union.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | January 23, 2008
James Cromwell is not a farmer, but he plays one in the movie Babe. That gives him the swine cred, he figures, to stick his snout into Johns Hopkins med school business. Spare with words as Farmer Hoggett, the Oscar-nominated Cromwell has plenty to say about the school's use of live pigs to teach surgery. "I have seen firsthand that pigs are highly intelligent, social animals," Cromwell recently wrote to med school dean Dr. Edward D. Miller. "Animal behavior experts agree, and scientific evidence suggests that pigs are very smart, very sensitive animals.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
All it takes is a little swine emergency for Mary to claim herself a third suitor.  It's about a year after Matthew's death, and, yeah, it's a bit jarring to see Mary pursued by three men so soon. But it's also a bit fun. Well, Lord Gillingham is fun. Evelyn Napier's a bit blah. He's nice enough, but in a total friend-zone sort of way.  Now enter Charles Blake, who, in the course of this episode, goes from considering Mary "aloof" (super-mean, early-20th-century wise) to crushing on her.  The pigs have arrived!
NEWS
December 4, 2013
Pigs will soon fly in Hampden. Guinea pigs, that is. Bazaar, purveyors of "oddities and curiosities" on Chestnut Avenue, will be offering a six-hour class in "fantasy creatures taxidermy" on Jan. 19. During the class — taught by renowned taxidermist Katie Innamorato — students will fashion winged guinea pigs. Before you get your fur ruffled over the thought of taxidermy-ing the poor little creatures, the store's co-owner, Greg Hatem, said the guinea pigs are "ethically sourced.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Pigs will soon fly in Hampden. Guinea pigs, that is. Bazaar , purveyors of "oddities and curiosities" on Chestnut Avenue, will be offering a six-hour class in taxidermy on Jan. 19. During the class -- which is taught by renowned taxidermist Katie Innamorato -- students will fashion winged guinea pigs. Before you get your fur ruffled over the thought of taxidermy-ing the poor little creatures, the store's co-owner, Greg Hatem, said the guinea pigs are "ethically sourced.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | November 8, 2013
Giant Food's parent company plans to do away with the practice of confining pigs as part of its supply chain, the Humane Society of the U.S. said in an announcement Friday. Ahold USA has set 2022 as a target for when its suppliers will move from the daily use of gestation crates for pigs and instead house them in open areas, the Humane Society said. "Our intention is to work with suppliers who share our company's values and who take a progressive approach to animal welfare," the grocery chain owner said, according to the announcement.
NEWS
October 10, 2013
George Orwell wrote a story in 1945 called "Animal Farm" where all the animals recognized their unfair treatment by the humans and revolted kicking the humans off the property. A sign was placed over the house where the humans had lived announcing that "All Animals Are Equal" and this house was deemed off limits. As time passed, it was recognized that some animals might in fact be better than others based on their particular traits. The horses, because of their strength became bearers of burdens.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 25, 2013
Livestock trailers and carnival rides have arrived, the big tents have been pitched and the grounds are ready for today's opening of the 2013 Harford County Farm Fair. The fair runs Thursday through Sunday at the Harford County Equestrian Center on Tollgate Road in Bel Air. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5 to 11 and children under 4 get in free. Senior citizens are admitted for $5 on Thursday only.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
All it takes is a little swine emergency for Mary to claim herself a third suitor.  It's about a year after Matthew's death, and, yeah, it's a bit jarring to see Mary pursued by three men so soon. But it's also a bit fun. Well, Lord Gillingham is fun. Evelyn Napier's a bit blah. He's nice enough, but in a total friend-zone sort of way.  Now enter Charles Blake, who, in the course of this episode, goes from considering Mary "aloof" (super-mean, early-20th-century wise) to crushing on her.  The pigs have arrived!
NEWS
By New York Times News Service & | June 16, 1991
Using genetic engineering techniques, biologists have developed pigs that produce human hemoglobin, the essential oxygen-carrying component of blood.Experts called the achievement a milestone in the effort to find a substitute for blood that could be used in all types of transfusions and might offer advantages over the donated blood now used.A blood substitute could be stored for months instead of weeks, would be free of any risk of human infection and could be transfused into anyone without the need for blood typing and matching.
EXPLORE
By Beverly Southall | May 22, 2013
Happy Memorial Day - and thank you to all our veterans who gave their lives so we can live in freedom. God bless them and their families. Coming events at Good Shepherd in Perryville include: June 2, all you can eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic School, 810 Aiken Avenue in Perryville. Adults - $7. Children under 12, $4. Children under 5 are free. June 8 will be the strawberry festival at the Good Shepherd Catholic School, 810 Aiken Avenue in Perryville from noon to 6 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7. June 15, a pig roast and live music at the Good Shepherd Catholic School, 810 Aiken Avenue from 2 to 5 p.m. Harmony Lodge will hold its monthly all you can eat breakfast June 8 from 7 to 10 a.m. The second annual Cody G. Richardson Relentless Run 5K and 3K fun walk will be held June 1 at Perryville Middle School to benefit the Cody G. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
"The True Story of The Three Little Pigs" will be performed by the Dallas Children's Theater on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Amoss Center in Bel Air. Hear the wolf's side of the story in this hilarious musical courtroom dramedy: Alexander T. Wolf is accused of deplorable crimes and he's about to face a jury of his piggy peers on trial. The audience will determine the ending of the play in this fun musical that will blow the hair off your chinny chin chin. Tickets are $10 to $20 and are available at tickets.harford.edu, the Harford Community College Ticket Office in the Chesapeake Center, or by calling 443-412-2211.
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