Seen in this video is Cayla at four months old in her stall area in December 2013.
The pigs, according to an announcement from the public funded Wagner Farm, were returned to their owners "so that they could be sold to market".
Please see the exposes of Wagner Farm by Robert Grillo / Free from Harm and national journalist James McWilliams:
Why is the taxpayer purchased and funded Wagner Farm readying animals - and for private owners - so that "they could be sold to market" or sold so that "the owner, a 4-H member will look to put the proceeds to upcoming 4-H livestock projects"?
"The owners of the pigs ask that they be returned so that they could be sold to market. They were feeder pigs and had reached their market weight."
Announcement from the taxpayer purchased and funded Wagner Farm:
"The moving of Cayla and the two pigs from Wagner Farm"
"On January 6th, Wagner staff assisted the owners of the above mentioned animals in moving them from Wagner Farm to other locations. The owners of the pigs ask that they be returned so that they could be sold to market. They were feeder pigs and had reached their market weight.
Cayla is sold by her owner to be likely put with another herd. The owner, a 4-H member will look to put the proceeds to upcoming 4-H livestock projects.
Wagner Farm did not financially profit from the sale of these animals. However, the educational mission did benefit from having them on the farm."
However, there are still ongoing questions not just regarding related issues of any possible "profit" to Wagner Farm but questions regarding possible cost to Wagner Farm and the taxpayers who fund this facility - via issues and questions as to much of the daily care of these private owned animals seen being done by personnel salaried by the taxpayers.
Additionally, many are questioning the nature and intent of an educational mission at a public funded facility that is resulting in the apparent ongoing catering to of private interests which are resulting in various forms of animal exploitation and often slaughter.
Many are also questioning the nature and intent of what is being taught via this educational mission to children that is essentially teaching that animals are disposable commodities.
Why is the public funded Wagner Farm being used to facilitate what is to many exploitative animal agriculture industry related programming and outcomes - and facilitating it with private owned cows and calves along with other species of animals who have come and gone, apparently often via private owner discretion that this public funded farm is apparently not only allowing for, but helping to facilitate?
In addition, many are questioning as to why a public funded facility is facilitating the use of private owned animals in their programming, housing these private owned animals on public property, often having personnel salaried by taxpayers providing the daily care of these private owned animals, and then using staff of a public facility to facilitate the moving of these private animals so "they could be sold to market" or sold so that "the owner, a 4-H member will look to put the proceeds to upcoming 4-H livestock projects"?
According to what a Wagner Farm staff member told an inquiring visitor several years ago, Cayla is a mixed breed stemming from the impregnation of a dairy cow with the sperm of a breed designated as a "beef" cow. Cayla was then described by this staff member as a "throwaway" as such a mixed breed but the intent was to keep her dairy cow mother "pregnant and milking".
Questions were raised then by Wagner Farm Rescue Fund about her ongoing welfare, along with a request addressed to the Wagner Farm director on Oct. 10, 2013 when Cayla was two months old which stated:
"Wagner Farm Rescue Fund requests release of calf "Cayla" to Wagner Farm Rescue Fund at any time should she be slated not to remain at Wagner Farm.
We reiterate that this request applies ongoing to all animals at, or associated with, Wagner Farm in any capacity, regardless of ownership issues."
However, Cayla wasn't released to Wagner Farm Rescue Fund, nor were we even informed of her being removed from Wagner Farm - through a letter handed to a Wagner Farm Rescue Fund representative - until after the fact and inquiry about Cayla, who appeared to be missing.
Has the private owned Cayla now been 'thrown away', facilitated by the public-funded Wagner Farm who has acknowledged their having assisted in her being moved from Wagner Farm?
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Glenview Park District
(224) 521-2250 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246 (direct line listed on park district web site)
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations
FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:
World Animal Net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations