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Author:  J Kaufman [ Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:38 am ]
Post subject:  Farm news

After decades of journalistic indifference, the Times finally tries to answer the question of why the road was crossed by a chicken. Also, please name the pig [Maureen Sow? Paul Oinkman? Arthur Hog Sulzberger?].

Updated, 8:12 a.m. | A piglet was found skittering among the cars and pedestrians on College Point Boulevard in Queens last week. He was most likely on a jailbreak from a local slaughterhouse, avoiding a bacon fate.

The piglet wasn’t the only farm animal on the loose in the city in July. There was also a chicken strolling in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and probably others that went unreported.

(Why are urbanites so charmed by tales of these rural denizens gone rogue in the big city?)

There has been a recent rise in street corner slaughterhouses and urban animal husbandry. The city is home to over 700 food-producing urban farms.

As a result, the number of stray farm animals in the city has spiked, said Susie Coston, national shelter director of Farm Sanctuary, an advocacy group.

Farm Sanctuary has taken in more than 500 farm animals from New York City in the last decade, she said.

Most often, they’re chickens.

Some are escapees, others are abandoned. You can even adopt a hen on Craigslist.

The rescued piglet from last was taken to Farm Sanctuary’s upstate farm.

The group said it would appreciate suggestions for a name for the piglet, which is doing well. Leave your thoughts in the comments below or send them via Twitter with the hashtag #NYToday.

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