Piggy Banks Made From Real Pigs Cause Ruckus

Humane Society in Canada is not amused
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2010 6:50 PM CST
This photo, created from a digitally-altered image of a live piglet, advertises theCheeky.com's piglet bank.   (The Cheeky)

(Newser) – A website known for outrageous products has hit a nerve with its latest: a piggy bank made from an an actual piglet. The description of the item on TheCheeky.com notes that the "taxidermied" bank is made only from piglets that have died of natural causes. Nonetheless, it's a "demeaning exploitation of a baby animal's dead body," said the Winnipeg Humane Society. "It trivializes the life (and death) of a sentient being."

Site creator Colin Hart says he's received death threats and hate mail over the bank, which sells for $4,000, but he thinks critics are over-reacting. “Most people understand it’s a bit of a joke,” he told the Toronto Star. He also notes that the site has yet to sell a single one. CNN has a roundup here of the coverage in Canada.

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