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Top 10 Reasons to Leave Pigs Off the Menu

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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 inWired, 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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6:03PM PST on Feb 12, 2015

Great article, great piggy pictures, everyone to themselves, thank you for sharing.

5:55PM PST on Feb 12, 2015

Interesting story, thank you for sharing.

5:52PM PST on Feb 12, 2015

Know 2 people who have piggeries, and they treat the pigs better than some humans, they are not battery farms either and have their own space, gee if we left everything off the menu that was ill treated we would starve, thank you for sharing.

2:27PM PST on Jan 1, 2015

Thank you. I'm sharing this article right now. I'm sure that a lot of people don't think about where their food is coming from & I'm sure that a lot of them don't want to know where they're coming from either

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 :)

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