Pigs are as smart as dogs and every bit as friendly, loyal, and affectionate. Donald Broom of Cambridge University Veterinary School said, “Pigs have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly more so than three year old humans.”
The following information was published by the Farm Sanctuary — check them out at: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/.
Approximately 81 million pigs are forced to spend their lives behind bars, packed into small concrete or metal pens. Breeding sows commonly endure three to four years of intensive confinement and live most of their lives in two-foot wide steel crates. Their only contact with their young is through the bars of a crate.
After two to three weeks, the piglets are taken away from their mothers. Their tails are docked, their ears are notched, and they are raised in crowded pens until they reach slaughter weight about about six months old.
At the slaughterhouse, many are improperly stunned so they are scalded to death when they are dropped, still alive, into the tanks of scalding-hot water that are intended to soften their skin and remove their hair. I just can’t write anymore…