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Why Facebook Has Blocked a UK-based Guinea Pig Sanctuary Page Over Usage of Word 'Piggies'

Masons' Cavies / Facebook.

Masons' Cavies / Facebook.

The owners of the sanctuary named Masson Cavies, Sophie and Mark Mason have been receiving warnings from Facebook repeatedly about their posts being offensive because they used the terms 'guinea pigs', 'pigs', and 'piggies'.

A UK-based Guinea pig sanctuary might be closed as its community page, where they used to get donations from netizens across the globe, has been blocked by Facebook. The owners of the sanctuary named Masson Cavies, Sophie and Mark Mason have been receiving warnings from Facebook repeatedly about their posts being offensive because they used the terms “guinea pigs”, “pigs” and “piggies”. Now, their medium of receiving donations has been blocked, however, their free Facebook is still active where people can view the pictures as well as videos of these adorable piggies.

According to a report published by The Sun, the sanctuary is shelter to 89 animals which is now in jeopardy as it has lost its monthly revenue of up to £4,000. It takes around £20,000 annually to take care of these animals. The owner of the shelter home, Sophie is quoted by the portal as saying, “It’s totally ridiculous because the animals are guinea pigs. What else are people supposed to call them?”

Despite having unfavourable circumstances, Mason is trying his best to prevent the shelter from shutting down as the little piggies might get abandoned after that.

In a recent Facebook post, he shared his address as well as some new mediums to receive donations, gifts and parcels from his followers. These mediums include an Amazon link to send gift cards, GoFundMe page or PayPal link to send donations through towards the fundraising. He also shared a couple of pictures of customized products including a key ring, a coffee mug, a nameplate and a storybook along with their prices.

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Not only this, but Mason also started a YouTube channel where he and Sophie keep posting adorable pictures and clips.

Meanwhile, Facebook has also banned a Midlands history group from using “f***ots and peas’’. They said, their systems seem to have made a pig’s ear of this and apologised to those who got affected.