The use of names to manage and control pigs accounts for people not bothering to name piglets. It is not only that mortality rates are high and names prematurely applied might be a waste of time, but also as people explain, piglets are ‘without sense’ (konay na wiy – i.e. are too young to respond to a name), and anyway they follow their mothers, so calling the sow brings her piglets too. Women deny that they give pigs names for sentimental reasons. They thought it amusing when I asked if they form emotional attachments to the pigs in their charge.13 They do not hesitate on occasion to eat pork from animals they have kept, and are pleased to lose troublesome pigs that bite or are otherwise unruly. The only time they are ‘sorry’ is when one of their charges dies of sickness, when their family’s loss of wealth ‘worries’ them. A woman may also display emotion if a male relative decides to dispose of one of her pigs, either on the hoof or slaughtered, in an exchange transaction with parties she disagrees on, or without due reward for her herding work, when she may let vent to her displeasure in a show of ‘anger’. Again it is not the loss of the pig as such that concerns women but the perceived impropriety of its disposal without proper regard to their rights in it.