Many people consider their cat and dog companions beloved members of the family. Yet they eat equally lovable animals like pigs.
Here are a few reasons why there’s no real difference between eating pigs and any other animal:
Pigs are actually considered the fifth-most intelligent animal in the world—even more intelligent than dogs—and are capable of playing video games with more focus and success than chimps!
They also have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in one spot, they’ll remember to look there next time. Pigs possess a sophisticated sense of direction too. They can find their way home from huge distances away.
Just last year, a five-month-old pig named Amy was dubbed the “top dog” in her canine agility class. Read the story here.
They feel pain and suffer.
Pigs are sentient beings, who experience joy, loneliness, frustration, fear, and pain just like the animals with whom many of us share our lives.
Despite this, most pigs are kept in cruel factory farms. Pregnant sows are confined in barren metal cages so small they’re unable to turn around, piglets are castrated without painkillers, and sick piglets are slammed headfirst into concrete floors.
See for yourself:
They’re deserving of consideration.
There’s an obvious contradiction in loving some animals while eating others.
But people who are opposed to animal cruelty often find ways to justify their dietary habits. This usually includes clinging to the idea that eating meat is necessary for health.
The science is clear, however. We’re more than capable of living happy, healthy lives without eating meat or other animal products.
When it comes to animals, the only meaningful difference between those we consider companions and those we eat is our treatment of them.
We can live our values of kindness and compassion by leaving these intelligent, sensitive creatures off our plates.
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