Farm Sanctuary Rallies to Save Canadian Enviropigs

The animal-rescue group is protesting researchers’ decision to euthanize 16 genetically engineered animals.

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Animal-welfare organization Farm Sanctuary is fighting to persuade officials at Canada’s University of Guelph not to euthanize 16 genetically engineered pigs, after the school failed to find a commercial backer for their research. According to the Toronto Star, the trademarked “Enviropigs” were genetically altered to produce more eco-friendly manure. Because the project lost its main source of funding earlier this year, the school has decided to euthanize the animals in the absence of a sufficient replacement. Though the university insists it is legally prohibited from releasing the Enviropigs, Farm Sanctuary is urging officials to reconsider, and has even offered to place them in loving homes. “They deserve better than being killed because the university no longer has use for them,” says Senior Director Bruce Friedrich.

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