"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." - Albert Einstein
Born on the 30th of October in 2014, Albert Sweinstein came into the world as part of a school’s youth livestock program. Youth livestock programs are where, under supervision, young people breed or purchase young animals, care for them for a period of time, and tell them at auction for slaughter. The emotional toll on the young people involved is often overlooked. The emotional toll on the young people involved is often overlooked. Rather than building and developing empathy, these programs do the exact opposite, teaching children that animals exist solely for our purposes and that empathy and compassion for others should only be given to those we deem worthy.
Fortunately, for Albert and his sister Polly, one child's parents refused to participate, instead choosing to save the piglets from slaughter.
Of course, their story did not end there. Having been saved from slaughter by a loving, compassionate family living in suburbia, Albert and his sister Polly Piggins soon became the target of complaints from neighbours. And so, the call went out to try and find them a more suitable forever home.
Fortunately, we were able to offer this pair sanctuary, and with assistance from the beautiful people at Hart Acres Animal Haven, we arranged their 9-hour journey to their new home.
We named Albert after the inspirational Albert Einstein, whose smarts extended to emotional intelligence. Albert & his sister Polly now live on as activists for pigs, ambassadors of kindness.
Help Protect Pigs
Pigs are the flagship species for Little Oak – indeed it was a pig who inspired us to start the sanctuary and of all animals, they hold a very special significance to us. Pigs are amazing beings, they are smart, funny characters, sadly we rarely get to see them as the individuals they are. Today, over 5 million pigs are confined in sheds across the country each year. Their lives are short and filled with suffering - but it doesn't have to be this way.
When you sponsor a pig you will be helping protect pigs. Your sponsorship will support Little Oak's essential advocacy work – sharing the stories of individual pigs and the plight of their kind across the nation.
Sponsor today, and we'll take you on a journey to learn more about pigs through our regular updates - exclusive only to our monthly sponsors. We'll also keep you up to date on how your monthly gifts are helping to secure a brighter future for the pigs at Little Oak, and their kind across Australia.
Buys a bag of feed for the pigs
Feed a pig for a month
Provides food and vet care for pigs in our care