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Comments for Guinea Pig Today http://www.guineapigtoday.com A Contemporary View of Life with Cavies Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:39:37 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Comment on California’s Giant Guinea Pigs and the Cuys Criollos Mejorados by Adrian Johnson http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/06/28/californias-giant-guinea-pigs-cuys-criollos-mejorados/#comment-366234 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:39:37 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=7596#comment-366234 Yes, Kim, there is a problem with these poor people turning vegetarian. (forgive me for supposing you are a young city dweller who has no experience of farming or agronomy).
It is actually MORE expensive to have a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle, because it takes lots of land to raise enough bulk and variety of plants to provide adequate (=healthy) diet.

Poor people don’t have that much land, nor is it good land; rich people own the good farmlands. People cannot eat poor-quality grass & weeds; however, the guinea pigs quickly convert grass to meat protein and the people can eat the guinea pigs roasted or stewed, and with the few plants they can find or raise, have a decent diet.

Surplus guinea pigs can be traded or sold as meat for income, which gives the poor a way to survive and even flourish; if they get money for the meat, then they can afford a pair of cheap shoes or a shirt.

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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Comment on California’s Giant Guinea Pigs and the Cuys Criollos Mejorados by lily http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/06/28/californias-giant-guinea-pigs-cuys-criollos-mejorados/#comment-11289 Mon, 05 May 2014 19:59:40 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=7596#comment-11289 This is very sad to read, I hate the thought of these poor guinea pigs being abandoned when the owners can’t care for them any more.

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Comment on Calculate Your Guinea Pig’s Age in Human Years by Anon http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/03/12/calculate-your-guinea-pigs-age-in-human-years/#comment-8597 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:28:23 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=6300#comment-8597 My sow is 12, hope she lives another 3 years!

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Comment on Storm Season Safety Tips for Guinea Pigs by David Budka http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/06/26/storm-season-safety-tips-guinea-pigs/#comment-8365 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 04:21:01 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=7015#comment-8365 Thank you, we live in Omaha, Nebraska and tornado season is upon us!

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Comment on Guinea Pig Relationship Ups and Downs by Emily http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/08/11/guinea-pig-relationship-ups-and-downs/#comment-7216 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:13:07 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=8272#comment-7216 I have 2 girls one night I woke up I heard the smaller one squealing I got up and turned on the the light they were chasing each other. Were they playing.
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Comment on A History of Guinea Pig Cages: A Learning Curve by Guinea pigs and different types of cages by Jeanine Czaja-Mordon | Critters 360 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/01/21/a-history-of-guinea-pigs-cages-a-learning-curve/#comment-5789 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:13:24 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=5479#comment-5789 […] http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/01/21/a-history-of-guinea-pigs-cages-a-learning-curve/ […]

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Comment on Cage Tips for Preventing Fleece Bedding Burrowing by Sally http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/05/10/cage-tips-for-preventing-fleece-bedding-burrowing/#comment-5781 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:19:43 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=6584#comment-5781 The brick in the photo is a regular brick, the type you can find in any home improvement store.

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Comment on Cage Tips for Preventing Fleece Bedding Burrowing by Sara http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/05/10/cage-tips-for-preventing-fleece-bedding-burrowing/#comment-5776 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:13:49 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=6584#comment-5776 Hi! I was wondering where you can find these mini bricks. Any suggestions?

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Comment on Upgrading to An Adult Size Guinea Pig Cage, Built For Two by Kim http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/02/27/upgrading-to-an-adult-size-guinea-pig-cage-built-for-two/#comment-5775 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:14:57 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=5634#comment-5775 I am very frustrated with the fact that c&c cages has pretty much taken over the whole internet when I search for a guinea pig pen. C &C cages are rediculous looking! Like I want a scabbed together pen for my precious pigs! What a way to make your house look tacky too! Not every guinea pig owner needs an economical pen. There has got to be others thatcwill agree with me on this! I have been looking for the right idea fr a pen since January and the only thing I have seen after going through an average of 15 pages of people advertising the tacky c&c cages is over in Europe. People over there must have better taste and a much better imagination. Now, I feel better. This has been on my mind for quite sometime, to the point that one of my goals in life will be to come up with a beautiful pen that will put C&C’s to shame. Let some other people into the market, and quit making the guinea pigs look so tacky with your dollar closet cubes crap!

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Comment on Tips for Your Male Guinea Pig’s Routine Boar Cleanings by michelle http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/07/09/tips-your-male-guinea-pigs-routine-boar-cleanings/#comment-5765 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:42:20 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=7809#comment-5765 When I got my guinea pigs I didn’t know you need to do a routine cleaning. I believe my guiena pig has impaction now. This article really helped me, thank you! I’m just nervous to take care of it and I don’t think I’ll be able to take him to the vet.

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