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Esther the Wonder Pig meets Greta Thunberg

Two Iconic Vegan Characters Finally Meet

Esther is some pig. At just 4 pounds, she was misrepresented as a “micro pig” and acquired by Steve and Derek in 2012. But Esther just kept growing and growing for the next two years when she then weighed in at 600 pounds. Nicknamed Esther the Wonderpig, she has now acquired an army of fans the world over and is the subject of a New York Times best-selling book. She is known the world over and is an inspiration for people thinking about their food choices.

Greta is some girl. At just 16 years old she has become an icon of the environmental movement. She is currently in the USA where she travelled to by boat to inspire environmental activists and to speak at a climate event at the UN in New York.

So the meeting of these two vegan activists is extra special!

The photographs of the meeting were shared on Esther’s Facebook page.

Changing the world one heart at a time

The book Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter with Caprice Crane has been lauded by none other than Ricky Gervais as “funny, moving and heartwarming, the greatest love story ever told between two men and their pig”. The book documents their journey into animal activism.

The pair kept Esther because it wasn’t her fault that they were misled. “She didn’t ask for the life she was given,” they said. “We have the chance to provide her with the life she deserves, not the one she was bred for. What kind of people would we be to deny her that? She deserves everything we can ever give her. For Esther and for all the other pigs out there we haven’t been able to save……yet.”

Jenkins and Walter have gone onto open the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Canada.

Greta Thunberg’s visit to the USA has coincided with a series of climate strikes which have been well attended by the younger generation and by environmentally conscious businesses.

Whilst Esther is a vegan icon, Greta is also following a vegan diet and has urged her parents to do likewise.

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Jill Harris

Jill is a writer, teacher, and passionate vegan. An eclectic author, she has published four non-fiction books and five novels. She began her vegan journey in 2015. She is a graduate and former lecturer at the Open University in psychology. Contact: jill@vegansbethechange.com
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