James Cromwell recreates Babe with adorable piglet rescued from slaughter

James Cromwell recently revived his famous role as Farmer Hoggett in Babe to greet a piglet rescued from a lorry that was taking the animal to be fattened up for slaughter.

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the young pig managed to escape his cage, hop off the lorry and was rescued by a passerby, who saved his bacon by passing him on to the animal charity.

Babe was named after the film and its titular pig, which inspired Cromwell to go vegan, and the perky porker visited the honorary PETA US director at his New York home.

After touching Cromwell's heart, Babe was then taken to the Chenoa Manor animal sanctuary in Avondale, Pennsylvania, where he will live out the rest of his days sniffing green grass and enjoying dirt baths with other rescued pigs.

The Succession star said, "Babe is every bit as loving and playful as a puppy. It was an honour to make his acquaintance, and I'll rest easy knowing he's safe to live out his life in peace, something every animal deserves to do."

PETA Vice President Elisa Allen added, "Anyone moved by this rescue story can follow James' lead and save lives every time they sit down to eat. PETA asks everyone to see pigs and other animals as individuals, not ingredients, and leave them off their plates."

According to PETA, pigs are playful, intelligent, and friendly animals who are soothed by music, love playing ball, sleep in "pig piles", and even enjoy getting massages.

PETA aims to end the global meat industry, which slaughters 1.5 billion pigs every year.