Let’s Help Pigs Going To Hawai’i

Typically I try to keep the blog upbeat.  But I have to share my opinion about Matson Navigation and their treatment of pigs sent to Hawai’i.  At the same time, it is important to commend their competitor Horizon Lines.  I also invite your help in signing a petition and passing this along to others who care about animals. 

As you many of you know, Hawai’i is my favorite place on earth.  Right now, Matson is transporting pigs from the midwest to the islands in conditions that I doubt any human with a heart could find acceptable.  I have reviewed the Matson website for a statement on this issue and found none.  I certainly invite them to comment – hopefully that they are changing their policy!  Horizon Lines has announced it will no longer transport live pigs to Hawai’i.  I applaud Horizon Lines for their decision and Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui for launching the petition.
If you are squeamish, you may not wish to read further.  However, the pigs need our help.  As a veterinarian, I am an advocate for animals.  I invite you to be one as well.  Please sign the petition at change.org to end this horrible practice.  Here is the link and more detailed information:



Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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