Many people who know pigs compare them to dogs because they are
friendly, loyal, and intelligent. Pigs
are naturally very clean and avoid soiling their living areas. When
they are not confined on factory farms, pigs spend hours playing, lying
in the sun, and exploring their surroundings with their powerful sense
of smell. Considered by animal behaviorists to be smarter than
3-year-old children, pigs are very clever animals.
Most people rarely have the opportunity to interact with these
outgoing, sensitive animals because more than 90 percent of pigs in the U.S.
today are raised on factory
farms. These pigs spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy
warehouses under the constant stress of intense confinement and are
denied everything that is natural and important to them.
Mother pigs (sows) spend most of their miserable lives in tiny gestation
crates that are too small for them to turn around in. They are
impregnated again and again until their bodies give out and are then
sent to slaughter.
Piglets are torn from their distraught mothers after just a few
weeks. Their tails are chopped off, the ends of their teeth are snipped
off with pliers, and the males are castrated. No painkillers are given
to ease their suffering. The pigs then spend their entire lives in
extremely crowded pens on tiny slabs of filthy concrete.
When the time comes for slaughter,
pigs are forced onto transport trucks that travel for many miles
through all weather extremes. Many die of heat exhaustion in the summer
or arrive frozen to the inside of the truck in the winter. According to
industry reports, more than 1 million pigs die in transport each year,
and an additional 420,000 are crippled by the time they arrive at the
Because of improper stunning methods, many pigs are still conscious
when they are dumped into scalding-hot water, which is intended to
remove their hair and soften their skin.
The best way to help put an end to this cruelty is to switch to a
vegan diet. Order PETA's
free "Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit" for great tips and free recipes to
help you make the transition to an animal-friendly diet.
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