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.
Cespedes’ pig is being sent to slaughterhouse. Sigh. Mets, yo.
— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) March 3, 2016
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.
— Morgan Rusk (@MorganRusk) March 3, 2016
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,
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.
PETA getting in on Cespedes pig? I think some on #MetsTwitter will have some fun trolling to do
— Snake Doctor (@xSnakeDoctorx) March 3, 2016
[via Yahoo! Sports]