Pigs are playful, friendly, sensitive, and intelligent animals. They’ve long been considered smarter than dogs, and the complexity of their social lives rivals those of primates. Much like people, pigs are soothed by music, love playing ball, and even enjoy getting massages.
On factory farms, pigs live in stressful, cramped, filthy conditions until they are transported to a slaughterhouse. If given the choice, pigs would spend their days foraging, playing, and lying in the sun. Here are 10 surprising facts about pigs that will make you question how we could ever condemn them to such miserable conditions and early death—for food that we don’t need:
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