Just as we heard the sad news that a massive pig cull is due to abattoir labour shortages in the UK, we now have a happier story to talk about, albeit from outside the country.
In Holland, twenty pigs have been put to work at one of the country’s airports no less. Not for sniffing out drugs, but as part of a ‘pig patrol’ experiment.
According to BBC News, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has drafted the pigs as part of a range of measures to reduce bird strikes, a strategy that appears to be working.
Whilst Schiphol airport will have its own unique situation, it does make you think could other airports also benefit from doing the same?
Perhaps an unexpected new market? Is it an idea that Heathrow, Manchester, Leeds, and others, could look at protect their airspace and at the same time save some pigs?
See both BBC video articles by clicking on the links below.