PETA asking airport to remove pork products after therapy pig debut

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—An animal advocacy group is asking the San Francisco International Airport to remove pork from its restaurants after the airport introduced a pig as part of its therapy program.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, issued a statement Friday saying that the pigs that are used for food have poor housing conditions and subjected to cruel treatment.

SFO officials debuted a female Juliana breed pig named LiLou on Monday as part of its program called the Wag Brigade. It is designed to provide animal therapy for airport travelers. The animals that are brought in are certified by the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Lilou is the first known therapy pig in the United States, airport officials said.

“Encouraging travelers to pet one pig while serving the flesh of others simply doesn’t fly,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in the statement. “San Francisco International Airport can protect pigs and passengers’ health by encouraging its restaurants to cut the pork and serve tasty, cruelty-free vegan meats instead.”

PETA hopes to put vegan ads throughout the airport in an attempt to encourage people to protect pigs like Lilou.