A Pig’s Life in the Andes

A Pig’s Life in the Andes

In 2013, pork consumption per capita in Peru was only 4.5kg (in comparison to 48kg/capita in Australia, 60kg/capita in the US and a whopping 90kg/capita in China). Because of this, in June 2013, the Peruvian Minister for Agriculture announced a new goal: to increase pork consumption in Peru to 12kg per capita. Why?

Well, its definitely a fun fact, but I will first give you a glimpse of the life of Peruvian pigs before they end up on the table.

How do the lives of Peruvian and Polish pigs differ?

As far as pigs go, the lives of Peruvian pigs seem quite interesting. Their living conditions differ greatly to those of their Polish counterparts. I would go as far as saying that Polish pigs have a lot to be envious about!

For one thing, the views are better in Peru:

Peruvian pigs in the Andas
Peruvian pigs near Moray

Polish pigs are generally kept in barns and stalls, far from nature. They can only dream about the breathtaking landscapes available to their South American cousins. All they have to look at is the four walls of their stalls and their other inmates. Pigs in Peru have the freedom to roam throughout the day and return home at dusk, a rare luxury for the pigs of Poland.

Peruvian pigs in the Andas
Pigs near Moray
Peruvian pigs in the Andas
Pigs near Chinchero
Peruvian pigs in the Andas
Pigs near Paruro

Another factor is that Peruvian pigs seem to have a much more developed social circle (well, they get out more). I’ve seen quite a few Peruvian pigs getting chummy with the street dogs that you can see all over the country:

Peruvian pigs in the Andas
In Huaraz
Peruvian pigs in the Andas
Also in Huaraz

Peru might not be as developed as Poland but I think its pigs are definitely taking advantage of that.

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