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The Ham That Barked

Written by PETA | December 4, 2013

PETA is planning to erect its thought-provoking “puplet” billboard in Lincoln, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Springfield, Illinois—areas that are known for intensive hog farming—to remind kids that if they love puppies, they shouldn’t eat pigs for Christmas dinner.

Dog Pig Kids Holiday BillboardDog: © Schwarz | Pig: © 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 such as sitting, fetching, and jumping. 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 these holiday recipes.

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  • lilu says:

    exactly right
    i’d neva eat my dog so why eat a pig or any other animal for that matter!

  • Kanecha J says:

    Lmbo ^^^^^ I love your comment Schramm!! Too cute!!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    My sister hated the taste of meat when she was a child. My mother, convinced her children would die without flesh on their plate every night, got into some real battles with her over eating her meat. One night, we noticed the meat on her plate disappearing but that she was excusing herself to use the bathroom every few bites. We found out what she was doing when the toilet overflowed; she was spitting the meat into paper napkins and flushing it down the john. When I was able to sneak into her room I told her to wait a week or two and try it again, only this time hide it and then shove it down the garbage disposal when we rinsed the dishes.

    • anne dominguez says:

      Thank you for sharing. Children are born vegetarians, its us the parents that shove the meat down their throats, its a shame. Just like my sister who shoves meat down her 3year olds mouth and takes him to the animal sanctuary to meet and greet the animals. What a hypocrite.