This paper sheds light on the illicit practice of pig husbandry in nineteenth century Morocco. It
examines how European influence promoted the spread of this practice and how it transformed it from a
prohibited foodstuff to an economic, revenue-generating activity. The paper also explores the various problems
pig farming caused in the social fabric of Morocco, and how it damaged Moroccan property and economic
interests, due to the Makhzen's inability to resist the pressure exerted by Europeans. The paper further illustrates the status of the pig in the Moroccan psyche and collective imaginary, with reference to historic testimonies
that illustrate Moroccans' relationship to this animal.