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<div class="quote-block">Residents of senior homes here are often skeptical when Daan Vermeulen walks through the door with his pig grunting by his side.<br><br>
But, the physiotherapist tells Reuters, such apprehension is necessary for his work to be successful.<br><br>
Vermeulen practices an odd form of physical therapy -- he lets senior citizens and children with emotional and behavioral problems feed, groom and dress up pigs as a way of making uninterested patients more receptive to therapy.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">The animals have a strong emotional effect on Germany's older generation in particular, he said.<br><br>
"This generation associates pigs strongly with their youth," Vermeulen said. "It's a reunion with an animal one once knew well but hasn't thought of in many years."<br><br>
Residents at the home warmly recall growing up with pigs.<br><br>
"I really liked pigs," resident Gretel Buhl said. "But we slaughtered them. ... It was a lot of fun, there was always wurst and it tasted great. Everything was so fresh and delicious -- and the blood sausage."<br><br>
"We had several pigs when I was young but I haven't had any since I got married at 25," resident Walter Stroebel said.<br></div>
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<br><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/us-pigs-therapy-idUSTRE72A6QA20110311" target="_blank">http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...72A6QA20110311</a><br><br><br>
Slaughtering pigs is fun?!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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Lousy evil old people. The witch should have just eaten Gretel. Hansel never talked like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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Meh, I love my country... not always.
 

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Good lord. I've heard of pet therapy in nursing homes, but never slaughter therapy.
 
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