July 19, 2018
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PETA wants to turn ‘Charlotte’s Web’ farmhouse into ‘pig empathy museum’

Pigs are pictured at a pig farm in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 24, 2017.
By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

An outspoken animal rights group wants the Maine farmhouse of late children’s book author E.B. White to be converted into a “pig empathy museum.”

White’s book “Charlotte’s Web” is about farm animals who talk to each other and prominently features a pig named Wilbur. The 1952 book is one of the bestselling children’s books of all time and has been the source material for multiple feature-length movies in the decades since its release.

The historic 44½-acre saltwater farm in North Brooklin where White wrote the timeless story is for sale for $3.7 million.

The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, wants the property as a free donation, and would convert the home into “an empathy museum for pigs, complete with a vegan cafe offering veggie sausages, vegan BLTs and more,” it said Thursday.

“E.B. White’s portrayal of a pig named Wilbur inspired people all over the world to take a closer look at the animals they consider to be ‘food’ and go vegan,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “A PETA museum in his historic farmhouse would help visitors see that every pig is ‘some pig,’ an intelligent individual and not a collection of sausages, bacon, and chops.”

PETA, which stages elaborate and often performative demonstrations protesting the preparation of animal meat as food, reported that 115 million pigs are killed for food each year.

PETA has on multiple occasions, including last week, sent scantily clad women decorated like lobsters to protest the cooking of the crustaceans during the Rockland Lobster Festival.


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