Missouri town tells pig to slim down or ship outAugust 9, 1997
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BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri (CNN) -- The message from the people in power in Blue Springs, Missouri, is clear: Porky is just too fat to live in their town.
A city ordinance lets people keep Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, but they can't weigh more than 125 pounds. Porky, blessed as he is with a bountiful appetite, tips the scales at 155. So, unless he can drop 30 pounds in a hurry, his owner has been told she must give him up.
But Porky, it seems, isn't about to let anybody fry his bacon without a fight. He now has an attorney, and friends and fans rallied to his defense during a court appearance Thursday, carrying signs reading "Pig Discrimination" and "Please Pardon Porky."
Porky's supporters argue that he shouldn't be singled out, because he's well-behaved, minds his own business and doesn't cause any mischief.
Of course, that may just be because he's too busy eating.
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