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Top 10 Reasons to Leave Pigs Off the Menu

Top 10 Reasons to Leave Pigs Off the Menu
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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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4:51AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

Oh, I see. Lepidopter, you are a carnivorous species:
A few species of Lepidoptera are secondary consumers, or predators. These species typically prey upon the eggs of other insects, aphids, scale insects, or ant larvae.[22]:567 Some caterpillars are cannibals, and others prey on caterpillars of other species (e. g. Hawaiian Eupithecia ). Those of the 15 species in Eupithecia that mirror inchworms, are the only known species of butterflies and moths that are ambush predators.[91] There are 4 known species that eat snails. For example, the Hawaiian caterpillar, (H. molluscivora), uses silk traps, in a manner similar to that of spiders to capture certain species of snails (typically Tornatellides).[90]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidoptera

4:49AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

thank you

5:34AM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

It`s a sad and bad world for most animals and all people who are against what is going on with animals.

5:20PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

And we may have been pigs and eaten too and might be again someday..

5:49PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Great article but also include all animals....leave all meat off your menu! and save a life.

4:44AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

5:51AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

I agree leave pigs and also cows from our menus they are both mistreated animals in the meat industry

12:22PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Thanks for this list. I wish EVERYONE would please STOP EATING PIGS!

1:57PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Sharing, thanks!

8:55AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Thank you for this article. I share it!

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