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Public pressure saves soap pigs
Porky and Bess
Several sanctuaries had offered to take the pair
Two celebrity pigs due to be sent to an abattoir have had a reprieve after their owners had a change of heart.

Porky and Bess, who starred in Coronation Street, have been living at Umberslade Children's Farm in Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire.

But when their owners said they were sending them for slaughter, animal lovers were upset and several sanctuaries offered to take them in.

In a u-turn the farm said on Thursday the pigs would be remaining there.

A spokesperson for the farm told BBC News: "The pigs will be staying here for the rest of their days."

Concerns remain

Animal Aid in Solihull was one of the sanctuaries which offered help.

Ursula Bates, from the organisation, said although she is happy the pigs have been saved, she is still concerned for their future.

"I'd like to know what's going to happen to the pigs before I get too excited," she said.

"I am happy they are not dead and they are not going to the abattoir, but I would like to know what the future holds for them."

In 1998 two pigs dubbed the Tamworth Two sparked a media frenzy when they went on the run for a week after making a dash for it as they were unloaded from an abattoir lorry.

The story of Butch and Sundance dominated the headlines at the time.

When they were finally caught, they were saved and given a new protected home to live out their days. The BBC made a film of their story in 2003.

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