Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
The turdoggie hybrid we
rolled out on billboards just in time for Thanksgiving proved so popular that
we decided to return to the laboratory and craft a new creation for Christmas—the
iStockphoto.com/Angelika Schwarz • Pig: © iStockphoto.com/Clint Scholz
Pigs are a lot
more like dogs than you might think. Piglets and puppies both love to play and have
their ears scratched, and they can easily master skills like sit, fetch, and jump. When in their natural
surroundings—not on factory
farms—pigs are social, playful, protective animals who bond
with each other, make nests, relax in the sun, and cool off in the mud. Pigs
are known to dream and recognize their own names, and they are thought to be more intelligent than 3-year-old
human children. And just like kids—and dogs—pigs
don't want to be eaten.
To celebrate a
compassionate Christmas, keep the
ham off the table and whip up a pig-friendly feast with the holiday recipes available on
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