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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 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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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!

6:24AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Awww, thanks for the article! I love pigs and leave them off my plate! I do not need to kill anything for my pleasure. I am not even going to read the other comments as I know they will be full of hate and excuses why people should eat pigs or whatever they want. There will always be those who justify the torture and murder of loving, feeling animals for food.

5:37AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Loredana - EVERYTHING eventually becomes part of the food chain, even people. When you die, your body will be devoured by scavenging insects, annelids, fungi, and bacteria. It will become part of the soil, which will feed plants, which will feed herbivores, which will feed carnivores and omnivores.

Dianne - the prohibition against pork and other "unclean" foods was lifted in the NT. I don't recall chapter and verse, but Paul has a vision in which a sheet contianing all manner of food, including non-kosher foods is lowered in front og him and he is told to kill and eat. He says that he has never eaten any unclean thing and the voice (presumably that of God) tells him not to call unclean that which he has made clean.
Personally, I don't look to a millenia-old book for my diet, but that's me. If you're going to wuote the Bible as a Christian, then don't cherry-pick.

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