Taiwanese Hog Farmer Opens Farm Sanctuary

Dedicated New Taipei vegetarian and former hog farmer transforms his farm into a “sowful” sanctuary.


“Animals are our friends, not our food,” maintains Lo Hung-hsien, a New Taipei City pig sanctuary owner. The vegetarianism advocate has turned his family’s large-scale pig farm into a non-profit ranch after an endearing moment with a woeful piglet headed to slaughter. “…It looked me right in the eyes, as if saying: ‘How could you do this to me?’” says Lo, who works multiple jobs to maintain the ranch and even squeezes in time for advocacy work to promote the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Despite all the criticism he has received, he insists his new beliefs are permanent and makes attending to his pig companions top priority.

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