Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Pig Olympics

Once a year one can find awfully cute photos like these of something called the Pig Olympics. The third annual iteration of this event was held in Moscow last April, where these photos were taken. According to a BBC news article, this event is the brainchild of the Sport-Pig Federation, which has approximately 100 members in seven countries. The vice-president of the Sport-Pig Federation, Alexei Sharskov, noted that the pigs are not destined for the table after their time in sport, noting that "They go on to produce a new generation of sport pigs. They don't get eaten. How could you eat a competitor who is known around the world?" Not speaking Russian, I can't find any more information about this elusive Sport-Pig Federation. I did find an article in the Taipei Times saying that a Pig Olympics will be held as part of Taiwan's 2007 Pig Expo, so I imagine we'll have even more photos eventually.


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