Pigs are fascinating, gorgeous, and completely lovable creatures. If you ever have the privilege of getting to know one, you'll (hopefully) never even consider eating him or her. In fact, some people keep pigs as pets, and there are many scientific claim that pigs are smarter than dogs! Contrary to popular belief, pigs are actually very clean, and they're fast. According to Dr. Donald Broom, pigs "have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than] three-year-olds". (http://www.chooseveg.com/pigs.asp)
So why would we eat a pig, but not a dog? Is it merely because dogs were domesticated first, long before humans thought of the "bright idea" to domesticate animals for food? Whatever the reason, it's not a good excuse. We've got to stop eating these fantastic, sensitive creatures.
In commercial factories, pigs are kept in pens with metal bars, where they often develop repetitive coping behaviours (hmm... just like zoo animals!), such as grinding their teeth, chewing on the bars, and rubbing against their water bottles. Mother pigs, shown below, are kept in "gestation crates" for their whole lives, in which they can barely even turn around.
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If you worry about getting enough protein, opt for soy foods, beans, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, nut butters, and whole grains, instead.
When you start to think of pigs as friends instead of food, you start to fully appreciate their beauty and uniqueness.
See you next week, everyone!