Who is Edgar?
Yes, he was a pig and he was the one who started it all!
The story goes…
The arrival of James Cromwell, ‘Farmer Hoggett’ from the hit movie “Babe”, in Australia in May 2003 represented a golden opportunity to highlight the plight of pigs and our flawed animal protection legislation that says some animals are more equal than others. James, a passionate animal activist, readily agreed. It was decided it would be a good idea to get a photograph of James and a pig.
Great idea, but where do we get a pig from? An approach to a children’s farm revealed that if we parted with $150 they would be happy to let James have his photo taken with a pig.
“Pigs!” was uttered and we then had the brilliant idea of ‘procuring our own pig’. And procure we did from a piggery, a landrace large white cross whom we named Edgar Alan Pig. A sanctuary was then needed to provide lifelong loving care for our porcine star. So we created such a sanctuary and named it in his honour, Edgar’s Mission and life for all changed forever. Today literally hundreds of animals lives have been saved due to this humble pig. Some pig indeed!!!
Pam would take Edgar for walks in the park and people would come from everywhere to marvel at his unique brand of piginess. With his deep guttural belly grunts, Edgar quickly endeared himself to all he met. Watching the profound effect Edgar had on people, way beyond anything she could say Pam came to thinking that the best ambassadors for changing the way people think about farmed animals were the animals themselves. Edgar’s Mission would become a sanctuary for those animals that could be rescued and also a much needed voice for those that could not. Edgar’s delightful ability to champion the cause of pigs saw him become the first of what is a great line of ambassador pigs who now all call Edgar’s Mission home sweet home.
Sadly, Edgar passed on shortly after his 7th birthday party. He will be missed beyond words but, his mission will continue.