Dealing with pigs (and all farmed animals) , seeing how intelligent & sensitive they are you wonder how anyone could kill & eat them. Did you know that pigs are 4th in intelligence?? Man (I wonder about that sometimes!), apes, dolphins & PIGS !!! We have now added steers, sheep, & hens to our Snooters family. All of them are so special in their own ways!
Learning about the factory farm industry has been both enlightening & horrific. I urge everyone to explore some of the web sites available & educate yourselves to the treatment of farm (food) animals.
An excellent video on this subject is called "Earthlings"(now shown free online at www.earthlings.com) as well as "Meet your Meat", Mercy for Animals "Farm to Fridge"(also online @ http://www.mercyforanimals.org/farm-to-fridge.aspx), Forks over Knives....all worth a look. If you would like a FREE booklet called "Why Vegan" put out by Vegan Outreach just contact us & I will be happy to send one out to you!
10 reasons to be Vegan! (click on link)
"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun & light"...Plutach
Forrest & Earl living as pigs should !!
"Pigs are highly social, gregarious, and intelligent creatures. When left to their own devices, pigs form large, tight-knit matriarchal groups. Pigs develop close interpersonal relationships, and prefer the company of a familiar social group. Mother sows will even sing to their young while they nurse. Contrary to popular belief, pigs are actually pretty clean animals and have no sweat glands. Consequently, they have discovered that rolling in the mud will protect their sensitive skin from burning, and keep them cool in hot weather. Pigs can spend up to 75% of their time foraging for food . This makes them highly curious and clever animals at about the same level of cognition (or higher) than the family dog. One study found that pigs even enjoy playing video games! Their intelligence only makes their brutal captivity on a factory farm the more tragic, since the bleak conditions pigs routinely face quickly make them go insane."
"You are eating fear, grief, and rage. You are eating suffering, horror, and murder. You are eating cruelty."
-Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, on eating meat
The current celebrity-driven craze for mythical “teacup” pigs as pets will result in thousands of these animals ending up at overburdened sanctuaries, shelters and rescue groups when they outgrow their purported small size, according to Best Friends Animal Society.
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Yvonne McIntosh, an animal care manager for Best Friends who is an expert on potbellied pigs, says she was “horrified” when MSNBC, The Today Show, New York Post and other media ran cutesy stories about supposedly tiny pigs and gushed when Paris Hilton and Rupert Gint, of Harry Potter fame, recently adopted supposed micro pigs.
“You can call them ‘teacup,’ ‘mini,’ ‘micro,’ or ‘thimble,’ but the truth is the supposedly tiny pigs do not exist,” says McIntosh who manages Piggy Paradise at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “People who think they are buying a pig that stays small are being fooled. Unscrupulous breeders are breeding pigs less than a year old, and by the time the litter is born, the parents still are only about eight months old and far below their full size.
McIntosh says it takes four to five years for pigs to reach full growth. “The breeders tell folks that the piglets will be no bigger than the parents, but the buyer doesn’t realize the parent pigs are nowhere near full-grown themselves. Unfortunately, most people believe these breeders/sellers and do not educate themselves before they buy the pigs.”
McIntosh compares the small pig fad to a time when Los Angeles shelters were overwhelmed with small, purebred dogs that people bought so they could carry one in their purse, but eventually were abandoned in droves. When the novelty wears off, when the pig reaches 150 to 300 pounds instead of the 40 pounds it was supposed to be, or when people find out their local zoning doesn’t allow pigs, there is no place for them to go and they become homeless.
McIntosh has surveyed colleagues at pig sanctuaries and rescue organizations such as PigASus Sanctuary, Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center and Hamalot Pot Bellied Pig Rescue about their experiences with this trend. Some 300 full-to-capacity potbellied pig rescues throughout the country house approximately 300,000 potbellied pigs. And in the current economy, potbellied pig rescuers are also seeing increased requests to take in even more pigs.
“One pig sanctuary owner received a call from a woman who wanted to dump the two potbellied pigs she’s had for almost nine years so that she could buy ‘teacup-sized’ pigs,” McIntosh says.
Sadly, the lucky pigs may be the ones who end up in rescue. It is not uncommon for the pigs to be simply turned out as strays, even in cities. Many are taken to shelters and euthanized without any chance at adoption or placement. Other owners will kill the pigs or send them to auction where they can be bought for as little as $2 dollars and used to train fighting dogs or other similar fates.
“A huge number of these little pigs also end up being stuck all alone in a small enclosure in a back corner of the yard, quite neglected once the novelty has worn off and the pig is fully grown,” McIntosh said. “Because they are extremely social animals, this is a torturous life for them. There are thousands and thousands of ‘miniature’ pigs killed every year.”
And while the media-driven craze for toy-size pigs continues, it totally blots out the most important fact — that pigs are wonderful companion animals.
“At Best Friends our motto is rooting out ‘pignorance’ one human at a time,” McIntosh adds. “There are scientific studies that show pigs are smarter than dogs. They can be trained to do tricks. They are easier to housebreak than dogs. They are clean animals who love affection and give it back —on their pig terms of course. Socialized pigs actually crave human company.
“Bringing a pig into your home is not quite the same as bringing home a dog or cat; pigs require specialized care and proper housing … that’s why it is so important to fully educate yourself before getting one,” McIntosh says.
To learn more about the ever-engaging potbellied pigs, visit the Best Friends Pet Care Library’s section, “You and Your Pig” and the Piggy Paradisecommunity on the Best Friends Network.
They’ve found that pigs are among the quickest of animals to learn a new routine, and pigs can do a circus’s worth of tricks: jump hoops, bow and stand, spin and make wordlike sounds on command, roll out rugs, herd sheep, close and open cages, play videogames with joysticks, and more. For better or worse, pigs are also slow to forget. “They can learn something on the first try, but then it’s difficult for them to unlearn it,” said Suzanne Held of the University of Bristol. “They may get scared once and then have trouble getting over it.”
Researchers have also found that no matter what new detail they unearth about pig acumen, the public reaction is the same. “People say, ‘Oh yes, pigs really are rather clever, aren’t they?’ ” said Richard W. Byrne, a professor of evolutionary psychology at the University of St. Andrews. “I would recommend that somebody study sheep or goats rather than pigs, so that people would be suitably impressed to find out your animal is clever.” His feigned frustration notwithstanding, he added, “if you want to understand the evolution of intelligence and social behaviors, it’s important to work on animals like pigs that are not at all closely related to us” but rather are cousins of whales and hippos.
Contrary to popular belief and furthered recently by foodist Dana McCauley, the birds are terrorized and hold their mouths open to pant in an attempt to rid their bodies of the excess heat produced from such an unnatural caloric intake. They are not begging for more food.
The force-feeding, done twice a day, produces a disease state in the birds - hepatic lipidosis - which would be fatal if the birds weren't killed so young.
Thirteen countries have already banned the production of foie gras recognizing its unnecessary cruelty.
Please, don't be part of it.