It was just days ago that Yoenis Cespedes scored himself an award-winning pig at the St. Lucie County fair. Now, his new prized possession is being taken away. Yahoo! Sports reports that after Cespedes found out he wasn’t allowed to keep the pig he bought from a 14-year-old fan, he sent it straight to the butcher.


The New York Post notes that, according to an Indian River County Community Development official, Cespedes could have allowed the pig to live on his 88-acre Vero Beach ranch. But a Mets spokesperson contradicts that statement, saying that by law a pig bought at an auction in Florida must be slaughtered.


Regardless, PETA isn’t happy about the matter. The animal rights organization has issued a statement regarding the pig and has sent Cespedes plenty of vegan bacon in an attempt to change his mind about slaughtering animals. PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange explains,

“Yoenis Cespedes can afford $7,000 out of his own pocket, and this loving, loyal and clever pig is paying the real price with his life. It’s a shame that Cespedes dropped the ball here and missed the opportunity to send this pig to a sanctuary, where he could have lived out his days in peace…We’re sending Cespedes some delicious vegan bacon in the hope that he’ll open his heart, not clog it with pig fat.”

After watching Cespedes roast an entire hog in a showcase video, we doubt the vegan bacon will convince Cespedes to change his policy on pigs.


[via Yahoo! Sports]