“I’m Jac, known as Jac to everyone. I’m the founder of Pigs in the Wood, and my role is director, along with my ex-partner, who’s also a director. We have over 10 acres of woodland and in that, we have over 20 pigs, and we have six goats. We have a cockerel and a hen, so we’re gradually branching into other species.” “And today, we rescue the ones that are most desperate, those that are destined for slaughter, those that are being abused. And with that, we are aware of the cruelty that goes on and work quite hard myself to expose these farms, factories where animals are being abused and mistreated.” “I’ve been to other sanctuaries where they have lots and lots of pigs, and it’s very hard to spend time with them individually or to go in a huge herd of pigs. We’re very fortunate where ours can wander around the woodland and behave naturally.” For most of the residents at Pigs in the Wood, their arrival was like landing on another planet. They never imagined that life could be enjoyable, so it took time for them to believe and adjust. “Some of the pigs that we’ve had have been kept in tiny, dark concrete pens. Nora, she was kept in a dark pen without any light for seven years, just to breed from.” “It takes a long time because they have no spatial awareness. They haven’t been able to look up to the sky before. But it was such a beautiful thing to be able to see them learn and develop how to have their instincts kick in, and even now, seeing them out and about is just such a wonderful thing to see. So we’ve got lots of stories to tell, and the pigs tell the stories.” When visitors to the sanctuary take a tour with Ms. Haggata (vegan), she makes a point of saying things to encourage their awareness of what goes on in animal-people livestock factories. “It’s not a preachy way of telling them, it’s just explaining what’s happened and then it does resonate.” Ms. Haggata (vegan) continually receives positive feedback from individuals who have benefited from her noble work.