Animals

Palm Beach County to Allow Pot-Bellied Pigs as Pets, Maybe

Palm Beach County commissioners will consider overturning a 1998 ruling that banned pot-bellied pigs from residential homes and communities, so that people can keep them as pets.

Now, under county zoning rules, pigs are categorized as livestock, which means they're restricted to agricultural and rural areas.

The case was prompted by Delray Beach resident Jennifer San Filippo, who has an 80-pound pet pig named Yoda, after some anonymous PigNazi filed a complaint against her with the county's code enforcement office.

Last April, the commission was divided on the issue, with Commissioner Karen Marcus saying, "We have a lot of animals that need homes already without opening it up to an additional pet." And Commissioner Shelly Vana saying the rule change would allow people to "do something on their property" that "doesn't bother anybody else."

Health concerns and animal adoption rates are the main concern for those opposed to overturning the regulation.

Although, maybe allowing pigs as pets will help end the worldwide bacon shortage that's about to go down.

It's a friendly fun-loving pet that is also delicious!

Residents can watch the discussion live on the county's government television station, Channel 20, today at 2 p.m.



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Chris Joseph
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