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Florida mayor pardons pigs ahead of Christmas feast

By Ben Hooper

Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Fla., issued a ceremonial pardon for two pigs as part of the lead-up to Nochebuena, the traditional Christmas Eve feast in Spanish-speaking countries.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez presided over the ceremony at Latin Cafe 2000 in Miami, issuing pardons to pigs Peppa and Petra in Spanish and English.

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The pig pardoning ceremony, inspired by the annual presidential pardon of Thanksgiving turkeys, marked its second year Monday.

The pigs were rescued from a local slaughterhouse and will spend the rest of their lives at the Aguacate Sanctuary of Love in Miami, officials said.

Roasted pig, also known as lechon, is a traditional entree for Nochebuena feasts.

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