NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
Police are investigating a theft in which more than 20 piglets were taken from a pig farm in Nanakuli.
The theft occurred sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, when it was discovered.
“Overnight, someone came, cut the front gate lock, drove into our property and cut the barn lock,” said the farmer, who did not want to be named. “In the barn, that’s where I raise my baby pigs. And they took about 20 to 25 baby pigs.”
The owner said the pigs were about two months old. They can weigh up to 400 pounds when fully grown.
He estimates the loss at more than $3,000. And he says he’s not the only farmer who’s been hit.
“This has been happening around the neighborhood,” he said. “I just found out for myself this had been happening because I made phone calls to other farmers to let them know and I found out, you know, that this has been happening.”
The Hawaii Farm Bureau said there aren’t any official theft statistics, but that crimes are common against the 7,500 farms and ranches in Hawaii.
“They occur every day, whether its trespass, theft, vandalism,” said bureau president Chris Manfredi.
Just last August, three newborn lambs were stolen from a Central Oahu pasture. And two years ago, nearly two dozen goats were taken from a Kahuku farm. They have not been recovered.
The Farm Bureau said it is working on legislation to increase enforcement to fight such thefts.
“Imagine you invest virtually everything you have in a crop and just before its ready to be harvested, someone comes along and takes it from you,” said Manfredi.
The farmer now has just eleven piglets left. He said the loss will be hard to make up.
“Just hope hope these guys can get something in their mind, you know, stop doing this kind off. We trying to survive, too.”
The farmer also had some advice for the thieves. The piglets were recently vaccinated, and aren’t supposed to be used for food for at last 15 days.
“I like the public know, I just gave them shots,” he said. “If they gone sell this to the people out there, they eat ’em, might can get sick. Not too sure.”
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