6. Pigs play Playstation. Yes, you heard me right, pigs can play video games. Professor Stanley Curtis of Penn State University discovered that pigs excel at joystick controlled video games. As reported in Wired, Professor Curtis said “they are capable of abstract representation” and that “there is much more going on in terms of thinking and observing by these pigs than we would ever had guessed.”
7. Pigs and their byproducts are unhealthy. There is no getting around it, it’s a fact. All that ham, bacon and sausage you’ve been scoffing is not doing you any favors, not now (it goes straight to your hips as fat) and not in the future (it increases your chances of deadly diseases).
8. Piglets are mutilated without pain relief. Rather than experiencing the love and warmth of their mothers upon entering the world, soon after birth they are forced to endure excruciating procedures without any pain relief. They have their tails cut, their teeth snapped off and their testicles cut out. They are then made to live in crowded enclosures before being killed at just 4-6 months old.
9. Pigs help manage and maintain ecosystems and biodiversity. By rooting around disturbing the soil, pigs create new areas for plant colonization. They also spread fruit plants by dispersing the pips. Given, this only applies to wild pigs, but shouldn’t all pigs be entitled to live in their natural habitat where they can contribute their unique snuffling gifts to the world?
10. Pigs are heroes and they save lives. They might not look like Clark Kent, but pigs keep making the headlines for performing superhero rescues time and time again. For example, Priscilla saved a young boy from drowning and Spammy saved her best friend from a burning barn!
Pigs share many similarities with humans from their cognitive states and emotions to their ability to experience pain, fear, pleasure and joy. You can make a difference to the lives of pigs. Pledge to go veg!
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