It’s not just Wilber from our much loved childhood tale Charlotte’s Web that is ‘some pig’. Believe it or not, there are a lot more to these farmyard animals than meets the eye. When in their natural surroundings, and not in the factory farms, pigs are playful and intelligent animals that enjoy basking in the sun, making nests and cooling off with a mud bath.
If the idea that animals aren’t ours to eat and use how we please isn’t enough to make you ditch the bacon, then perhaps the following fascinating facts will be the incentive you need.
Here are the top ten reasons to leave pigs off the menu and replace them with cruelty free alternatives instead…
1. Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent. In fact, they are smarter than the dogs we share our homes with and even 3 year old children. They demonstrate incredible cognitive abilities and are some of the smartest critters in the animal kingdom.
2. Pigs recognize their names and come when called. Well, that last part really depends on whether they like you or not. The truth is pigs are similar to dogs in many ways, they’ll come when called, they’ll play ball, they’ll sit for a treat and they love nothing more than a belly rub!
3. Pigs are extremely social animals. They are constantly communicating with each other using one of their 20 or more different vocalizations. All those oinks, grunts and squeals aren’t just for fun, they can mean anything from “I’m hungry” to “keep your hands off of my woman.”
4. Pigs suffer from depression. They are highly sensitive animals capable of complex emotional thought, and like us they can suffer with psychological disorders such as depression. It is common for pigs on factory farms to become seriously depressed because of their situation. They spend their entire lives in cramped spaces where they cannot turn around, can barely sit down and never experience sunlight or fresh air.
5. Pigs love to sleep nose to nose. They hate sleeping alone and prefer to snuggle up close. They also dream just like humans do and one can only imagine the terrors that would fill those visions for the unlucky majority that spend their whole lives in confinement and misery.
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