They are knee high, pink and made of cardboard — nevertheless, decorative pigs in Cologne butcher shops have caused trouble. Pork is for the butcher what bread is to the baker. And to draw attention to weekly deals, many butchers use them for advertising purposes.
In several butcher shops in Cologne, such pink pigs became "insulting pigs," and the result was spitting on the windows, insults and threats.
What had happened? Young Muslims came by the butcher shops and cursed the owners regularly. "They always came in a larger group. They cursed and said that they as Muslims felt provoked by the pigs. They came into the shop and offended us viciously. In the end, we had to give up," says one of the affected butchers, who wants to remain anonymous out of fear.