Pigs Too Big To Be Pets In Florida?Written by Lillian Tram on September 10th, 2013
Down in Florida right now, a city council is considering an amendment that involves figuring out pig weights, and determining whether people can keep pigs as pets. Among other issues, the proposed law is re-considering whether people can have pigs as pets if they weigh over a certain weight, and if they meet other requirements.
You can read about it here, but basically, a big hubbub has come out of some people holding pigs as pets, paying their annual domestic licensures, and other people seeing people not as pets, but as farm animals. That’s not new, of course, and these sorts of issues periodically pop up in various other states around laws when people question whether pigs are even allowed to be pets.
Georgia’s pigs as pets rule is a little bit difficult to decipher (read all about it in its original format here), but it appears that you are allowed to have “livestock,” including swine, so long as they have proper vaccinations and veterinary permits attached and required, as released and approved by the State Veterinarian.
Obviously, certain housing subdivisions here in Georgia (or in any other places around the country) may have their own pig rules, but it at least appears for the time that in Georgia, you are allowed to have pigs and swine as livestock; the state then simply doesn’t differentiate what constitutes “livestock” versus what constitutes a “pet” for pleasure or as a member of the family in this case. So long as you’ve got the vaccinations and papers, it looks like you are good to go!
Doing a little research, I did find something cool for you guys. California has a non-profit organization called the California Pot Bellied Pigs Association, which shares ideas and supports people who want potbellied pigs as pets in the state of California. It appears that while certain cities in California restrict having pigs as pets, the state as a whole operates on a pig-friendly basis, and this non-profit has jumped into the game to help pig owners share resources and more.
So, if you’re on the west coast, it looks like you’ve got a little love coming your way from a few potbellied friends who apparently are treated pretty well in California. In other states around the country, too, there are various organizations dedicated to promoting and sharing the goodness of pigs as pets and loving companions, which I of course love! 🙂
But back to the original question and problem: is what they are doing in Florida the right thing to do? Pigs are not violent creatures, by any means – just a little destructive at times. Do they deserve to be put on a weight limit if they get too big, and should they ever be banned from a city or community simply because they are large and in charge?