Guinea pigs are cute and wonderful animals to keep as pets

This is why these large guinea-pigs are called “micro-livestock.” You don’t need much land or space to raise enough grass to sustain a flock of 20 or 25 guinea-pigs in a shed for food and trade. I have lived and worked in third-world countries, and know how hard it is for the poor to get decent nutrition.
You are probably used to having more than one meal (and no snacks) a day; these people are lucky to get that. You should not let your prejudice against meat-eating blind you to the fact that meat protein is necessary to keep many people alive in desperately poor countries. Remember that Guinea pigs originated millenea ago in Peru as food animals; they only became pets in Europe in the early 19th century. Remember, in time of war and famine, even people sentimental about their pets eastern europe in WW I & II got so hungry they ate their dogs and cats; they don’t put this in the history books because it upsets school- children. In the seige of Leningrad, (an other less-known places) once all the pets and zoo animals were eaten, many survived by canablizing their dead relatives. (Look it up.)

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How To Raise Guinea Pigs: Your Step-By-Step Guide To Raising Guinea Pigs These giant guinea pigs are being exported to protein-starved third world countries (like Africa, India, and Bangladesh) where the small animals can be concealed from thieves or terrorist armies the way cattle and goats cannot. They represent a rare affordable source of good nutrition to people who would otherwise starve. Although we think of guinea pigs as pets, we must remember the ancient Incas bred them from the wild viscacha (related to the chinchilla) as a food animal; and the giant variety is genuinely helping starving people in the third world. The University of Peru has a program to teach people how to raise, process, and cook them.

These care pages serve as a basic overview of guinea pig care

This is so sad for everyone concerned. I hate the thought that guinea pigs are raised for food but understand the various food practices of other cultures. However when you take an animal like this and sell it in the local pet store the consequence can be just terrible. That first pet guinea pig will most likely determine if you are a guinea pig owner for life. What a shame to think children will end up with these rather than the sweet animals we all know and love.

Guinea Pigs: The Right Pet for You

Under normal circumstances, female guinea pigs make capable mothers, able to raise litters without any significant effort from you. However, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to take care of newborn or extremely young pigs on your own. The evolutionary adatations of the guinea pig make this job easy, since guinea pigs mature quickly and become self-reliant after only a few days.However, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is ready to work with farmers wanting to raise guinea pigs for meat. Farmers may be subject to USDA inspection while raising the animals, but the license to slaughter and process would be granted by the ODA. Import and export of guinea pigs across state lines require a permit.