Pigging Clever

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It isn’t surprising that scientists recently “discovered” that pigs have feelings. All the undercover footage PETA has accumulated over the years of animals on factory farms and in laboratories makes it clear that animals feel pain and suffer just as we do. Many of us knew it all along, but it’s still great to see this fact printed in the pages of a major daily newspaper.

When I was 16, I made the compassionate decision to stop eating meat. I was given a plate of gammon steak, and as I looked at the fatty flesh in front of me, I just thought, “This is a pig. He had a family and friends, and I feel guilty about eating him”.

Not only can pigs feel, they are also very clever. An adult pig is approximately as smart as a typical 3-year-old child. I wouldn’t eat a pig based on his or her level of intelligence any more than I would eat a child.

I am a vegan because I care. I know that animals feel pain, and I wouldn’t want to harm them any more than I would want to harm my own family and friends – or anyone else for that matter. Knowing how complex the emotions and nervous systems of animals are only strengthens my belief that animals are not ours to eat.



  • KT commented on August 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    You just have to look into an animal’s eyes to know that they have feelings just like us.

  • emma commented on August 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I agree, some “scientists” they were. If the only recently discovered pigs had feelings!

  • John Carmody commented on August 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

    go vegan!

  • Marianne Morath commented on August 17, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I owned a pet pig. He was a Hell of alot smater & just as affectionate as my 5 dogs. They just discovered pigs have feelings? DUH!

  • Jasmine Chen commented on August 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

    my Granddad is a scientist and he always knew animals have feelings!!!!! I know they do too. and apparently they’ve only just realised pigs have feelings?????? well DUUUUH!!!!!

  • Naomi commented on August 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    all animals have feelings and everyone knows that, its just that some people choose to ignore this in order to not feel guilty about eating them!!! Go Veggie!

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