Fairy Tale appropriation- The Three Little Pigs

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The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time, there was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune.

Along the way they met a farmer with a bundle of hay.

The oldest pig asked, "Please sir, may we purchase your hay to build a house?"

And he made an agreement with the little pigs... except the youngest pig, "No brother, we should not buy this hay. The land, from which this hay cut, was de-forested, destroying numerous natural habitats. The soil was also churned up, damaging the land. This hay is a result of death."

His brothers did not see this and sneering at him, they continued on their way to a meadow to build their house. The youngest pig sadly followed. After the pigs had built their new home, the oldest pig went in to examine it.

"Oh! How comfortable this house is! Hang on a moment!" The little pig locked the door and opened the window. "Go away! I am very comfortable here alone. I want nothing to do with you!" And he shut the window.

The two poor pigs cried and begged their brother to open the door. But he would not let them in. The little pigs went away in sorrow. Soon enough, they met a lumberjack.

"Please sir, we have but little money. May we purchase a few logs from you, to build a house?" the middle pig asked.

"No brother, we shouldn't buy this wood." The youngest pig protested. "Trees help clean and freshen the air, keep the soil from eroding and form ecosystems, which several flora and fauna inhabit. By buying this wood, you are encouraging the wood-cutter to chop down more trees. Then we will...