PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I never imagined that I would write a post on The Charles Smith Blog which asks the question: " What do miscarriages of justice - such as the one suffered by Rodricus Crawford - have to do with Esther The Wonder Pig? If you would care to read the following email which I sent earlier today to Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, the 'parents' of 'Esther The Wonder Pig' you will hopefully get the point. Background: As Indigo books tells us: "In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn't be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek's lives forever. It turned out there was nothing "micro" about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, Tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need. Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther The Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek's adventure--from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals." (And Esther 'The Wonder Pig' has become an internet phenomenum and appears to have attracted millions of supporters located all over the world. HL);
Harold Levy Publisher: The Charles Smith Blog;
Here is the letter:
"To Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter: Re: ‘How Esther the Wonder Pig is changing lives,’ rebroadcast on Thursday September 1, 2016.
Dear Steve and Derek – and Esther! As you will see from the following letter, I was fascinated by the CBC documentary on ‘Esther The Wonder Pig.’ A good documentary makes you think – and, as you will see, this one really got me thinking. By way of introduction, I am Harold Levy – a retired criminal lawyer and reporter from the Toronto Star who has spent most of his life reporting miscarriages of justice. I am hoping that after reading this letter you will make it available to your Facebook and other readers. Now what do miscarriages of justice have to do with Esther The Wonder Pig? Read on!
This morning, (September 1, 2016) while driving, I heard a replay of Anna-Maria Tremonti’s excellent CBC interview with Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, co-authors of ‘Esther The Wonder Pig: Changing the world one heart at a time’; At one point I became somewhat troubled by the contents. That was when you told Anna-Maria, “And what have we accomplished? When we do, I know for me, when I have those minutes to reflect on things, I scare myself, because so much has happened and so much is happening and I never in a million years thought that I would be controlling a Facebook page that reaches eight million people a week. Like, that just blows my mind that she's seen and known by that many people and that they care for her the way we do. Like, people are fiercely protective of her online and they're fiercely protective of Derek and I.”
Thanks very much Steve and Derek. We and Rodricus Crawford and his family would truly appreciate your help by making this letter available to your readers.
416 782 4122.
Some useful links:
Further information about the Rodicrus Crawfor case can be found on the supporter’s Facebook page at:
The ‘Esther The Wonder Pig” Facebook Page can be found at:
Link to CBC the Current’s documentary ‘Esther The Wonder Pig’ hosted by Robyn Bresnahan at: