Dutch artists present pig toys
Five Dutch artists presented newly invented pig toys in
a desiging contest today in the practical farm of Wageningen University's Animal
Science Group in Raalte, the Netherlands.
Musician Eva Meijer invented the 'magical ball',
containing of different layers each having a different taste or smell. "Pigs
like destroying and they love to chew on things," she motivated her
Artist Irma Horstman produced a chain with edible rings in
various shapes and colours.Seesaw
In addition, a pig
seesaw called Piggy Wiggy was introduced. On this device, pigs can walk in their
search for food.
Artist Sharon Geschiere introduced a wall containing
elements that will intrigue the pigs' feeling senses.
Last but not
least, a pig roulette was introduced.Legislation
contest was organised with a view on new legislation.
European legislation, as from July 1st, 2007, pig producers in the Netherlands
are compelled to offer some entertainment for their pigs.
decision was made because the animals could seriously harm each other when they
In order to be shown today, the new
pig toys were required to be interesting for pigs, not very labour intensive and
usable for more than one hog.
Several manufacturing companies have
showed an interest in the newly presented art objects.Related
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