The beautiful little paradise of pigs and tourists alike in the Bahamas ended on a sour note when several of the swimming pigs were found dead.
And tourists may have something to do with it.
Seven of the 22 pigs were reportedly found dead in seas off the country’s Exuma Cays. The government banned visitors from feeding them after the casualties.
Wayde Nixon, one of the pig’s owners, told The Nassau Guardian, “The pigs were given the wrong food.”
“We had the government vet in there [who] examined them all thoroughly. He gave them shots, he gave them medicine, and I was there and I worked with them for three days straight.”
He added, “We had them pigs there almost 30 years, and never has this happened before, but now we are going to have to regulate it.”
“Right now it’s blowing out of proportion with people, anybody, bringing food there, anybody doing what they [want to] do. We have people coming there giving the pigs beer, rum, riding on top of them, all kinds of stuff,” he ended.
Animal rights advocates also cried foul over the unfortunate event. “Any animal will learn to swim if the reward at the end is good enough,” Kim Aranha, president of the Bahamas Humane Society, said.
“The animal laws in the Bahamas are a little sketchy at best,” Aranha said.
Regarding the 15 surviving pigs, she said, “They seem to be OK. The tourists’ boats are still going down there. They’re still coming out and being fed.”
“Once we find out what killed the other pigs, then we can see if it’s something on the island we need to be worried about or whether it was just a terrible, terrible accident.”