Register for free to enjoy the full benefits.
Find out more about the NEW, drastically improved site and forum!
Well, what is not your cup of tea is for someone else.Access said:I have seen one cavy show in my life. At the local fair.
What country was this in?
And, why do you judge all shows on one that you were at? How long were you there?
The pigs are kept alone, in wire bottom cages of area less than a square foot. No bedding, water, but no food while on display (food makes them poop).
Yes, these are called "show coops." They stay in them for up to about a half hour at the most usually (while their breed and variety are on the current table being judged). When they are not in show coops, they are in carry cages or larger show cages, complete with feed, water, and usually hay and/or treats. Owners can bring "houses" or boxes for them to hide in if they want.
Many pigs had their hair wrapped in these bun-things to create those whirls or other effects that are indicitive of certain breeds.
These are called "wraps" and it is to keep the hair clean and matt-free. Do you do anything special to your hair? Or do you just "let it be?"
Pigs show signs of inbreeding - albinism, hair loss or no hair at all, etc.
Albinism is not a sign of in-breeding. Neither is hair loss or being hairless. Where did you get these ideas?
At least in a dog show, the dogs seem happy to be doing what they're doing. These pigs just sit around in cages all day... they don't look happy at all.
And, you invoke human traits on small rodents...........how do you know how they feel?
The judges rate the pigs on things like breed and temperment, so owners are incentivized to drug their pigs (to calm them down) and to continually breed in order to try to produce the 'perfect' offspring according to breed guidlines.
The judging standards I have read have never stated those 2 reasons you mention. Mostly they are judged on type, colour, patterns, and conformity to a standard of perfection as well as breed-specific details, like hair length, texture, satin, or kink. I have never heard of anyone drugging their pigs to take to a show. Where do you get your information?
I guess it's even worse for the mama pigs... being forced to breed repeatedly with different males all in the quest for the 'perfect' offspring.
Cavies in the wild have very short life spans due to continuous breeding. Breeders actually like to space theirs out to not over-tax the sows. They want them to last, and have a better quality of life than those in the wild.
Sure, there are exceptions, but that is the general consensus of breeders that I know. They usually have 1-2 litters per year. Also, if they are being shown, then they are not being bred.
Once you see it up close, you'll hate it.