10 Things You Never Knew About Pigs (With Photos)

Posted by on July 23, 2013 | Permalink

If you’ve ever seen Babe, it should come as no surprise to learn that pigs are interesting, intelligent and sensitive. They’re also some of the most intensively farmed animals in the world.

Right now, an intensive pig “prison” that would keep 25,000 animals at a time under lock and key is being considered in Foston, Derbyshire. Please check out these 10 facts to learn why pigs deserve better than being turned into bacon:

1.Pigs are one of the smartest animals (ahead of dogs and toddlers!).

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2. Pigs snuggle close to one another and sleep nose to nose with their nearest and dearest.

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3. Pigs spend hours playing, exploring and sunbathing when given the chance. They enjoy listening to music, playing football and getting rubbed.

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4. Pigs are extremely clean, and they are careful not to soil the area where they live.

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5. Pigs don’t sweat, and pale pigs risk sunburn, so they roll in mud to keep themselves cool and protected.

Fluffy Piggie

6. Pigs can run a mile in seven minutes!

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7. Newborn piglets learn their mothers’ voice and can even recognise their own name.

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8. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing them.

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9. Pigs have saved human lives. Pru pulled her owner out of a muddy bog, and Priscilla saved a young boy from drowning.

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10. An adult pig’s squeal can reach 110 to 115 decibels. Oink!

Pig and Gate

Please take a moment to stand up for pigs by writing to Derbyshire County Council about the proposed Foston factory farm. You can also do your bit for pigs and piglets by refusing to eat them! Order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today for tips on how to swap rashers for veggie burgers.