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Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Pigs

Attention, shoppers: Stop picking up dead “Babes” and “Wilburs” at the grocery store! Here are our top 10 reasons to keep pork off your fork and put delicious Babe-free alternatives on your shopping list instead.

1. Porking You Up
It’s a fact—ham, sausage, and bacon strips will go right to your hips. Eating pork products, which are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat, is a good way to increase your waistline and increase your chances of developing deadly diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, and impotence. Research has shown that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease, and they have 40 percent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters. Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than pure vegetarians are.

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2. Pigs Have Feelings Too
Ninety-seven percent of pigs in the United States today are raised in factory farms, where they will never run across sprawling pastures, bask in the sun, breathe fresh air, or do anything else that comes naturally to them. Crowded into warehouses with nothing to do and nowhere to go, they are kept on a steady diet of drugs to keep them alive and make them grow faster, but the drugs cause many of the animals to become crippled under their own bulk.

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3. Pigs and Playstations
Think that you can outplay a pig on your Playstation? You may be surprised. According to research, pigs are much smarter than dogs, and they even do better at video games than some primates. In fact, pigs are extremely clever animals who form complex social networks and have excellent memories. Eating a pig is like eating your dog! As actor Cameron Diaz put it after hearing that pigs have the mental capacities of a 3-year-old human: “[Eating bacon is] like eating my niece!

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4. Pigs Prefer Mud, Not Crud
Pigs are actually very clean animals. If they are given sufficient space, pigs are careful not to soil the areas where they sleep or eat. And forget the silly saying “sweating like a pig”—pigs can’t even sweat! That’s why they bathe in water or mud to cool off. But in factory farms, they’re forced to live in their own feces and vomit and even amid the corpses of other pigs. Conditions are so filthy that at any given time, more than one-quarter of pigs suffer from mange—think of your worst case of poison ivy, and imagine having to suffer from it for the rest of your life.

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5. Farming Family Values
Factory farms are pure hell for pigs and their babies. Mother pigs spend most of their lives in tiny “gestation” crates, which are so small that the animals are unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably. They are repeatedly impregnated until they are slaughtered. Piglets, who are taken away from their distraught mothers after just a few weeks, have their tails chopped off, their teeth are clipped off with pliers, and the males are castrated—all without painkillers.

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6. The Manure Is Blowing in the Wind …
A pig farm with 5,000 animals produces as much fecal waste as a city of 50,000 people. In 1995, 25 million gallons of putrid hog urine and feces spilled into a North Carolina river, immediately killing between 10 and 14 million fish. To get around water pollution limits, factory farms will frequently take the tons of urine and feces that are stored in cesspools and turn them into liquid waste that they spray into the air. This manure-filled mist is carried away by the wind and inhaled by the people who live nearby.

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7. Bacteria-Laden Bacon and Harmful Ham
Extremely crowded conditions, poor ventilation, and filth in factory farms cause such rampant disease in pigs that 70 percent of them have pneumonia by the time they’re sent to the slaughterhouse. In order to keep pigs alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them and to promote unnaturally fast growth, the industry keeps pigs on a steady diet of the antibiotics that we depend on to treat human illnesses. This overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of “superbacteria,” or antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. The ham, bacon, and sausage that you’re eating may make the drugs that your doctor prescribes the next time you get sick completely ineffective.

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8. Hell on Wheels
More than 170,000 pigs die in transport each year, and more than 420,000 are crippled by the time they arrive at the slaughterhouse. Transport trucks, which carry pigs hundreds of miles through all weather extremes with no food or water, regularly flip over, throwing injured and dying animals onto the road. These terrified and injured animals are rarely offered veterinary care, and most languish in pain for hours; some even bleed to death on the side of the road. After an accident in April 2005, Smithfield spokesperson Jerry Hostetter told one reporter, “I hate to admit it, but it happens all the time.”

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9. Killing Them Without Kindness
A typical slaughterhouse kills up to 1,100 pigs every hour, which makes it impossible for them to be given humane, painless deaths. The U.S. Department of Agriculture documented 14 humane slaughter violations at one processing plant, where inspectors found hogs who “were walking and squealing after being stunned [with a stun gun] as many as four times.” Because of improper stunning methods and extremely fast line speeds, many pigs are still alive when they are dumped into scalding-hot hair-removal tanks—they literally drown in scalding-hot water.

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10. Ditch the Bacon and Get Fakin’
Save pigs from hell and yourself from bad health by feasting on faux pork products instead. Stuff a sandwich full of Yves brand veggie ham slices, or throw some Lightlife Smart Bacon into a sizzling skillet—the freezer and “health food” sections of your local grocery or health food stores are packed full of these and other tasty substitutes.

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  • mohammad says:

    pork is forbidden in some religions

  • Kitty+animal humaniste says:

    I actually do NOT like pork……..And I’ve watched geese and ducks near my house……I did not know until today that they stuff them.. Very cruel! Not gonna eat meat until animals used are treated like…well traditional farm animals

  • Amazon CARES says:

    A new reason to avoid pork. It was recently announced that eating bacon decreases sperm count and quality.

  • Gene says:

    We are totally against factory farms and animal abuse. We raise organic clean animals for food. Our pigs are bathed, nurtured cleanly. our animals daily have clean wood chips ,washed bedding clean food every day. When we butcher our animals ,it is calm and quiet and respectful.However we are only raising meat for our own consumption. We have been told that our animals live better than most humans. It is unfair to group everyone in one onvelope

  • Sorry piggy says:

    I’ve decided today no more pork for me I’ve been given up beef, trying to slowly become a real vegerterian

  • Chant'e says:

    Yes I totally agree, in fact I gave up pork an any other bad foods an after doing that I realize the complete change in my body such as better bowel movements, an better skin, an good thinking lol…

  • Mark says:

    After reading articles like these and watching videos, I gave up eating all meat 2 years ago ( except chicken and fish).
    And I am much better off health-wise.

  • Deepak says:

    I am never going to eat non veg again. Thanks to this site who gave me a reason to quit. I am not that inhuman to support such cruelty.

  • Moe says:

    people…should stop eating factory farmed animals. not just prok, but Chickens, Cattles, and Sheep are all treated the same way that this article is explaining about their behaviour on Pigs.

    Factory farm is not just cruel, brutal, and inhumane, but very unhealthy to our bodies.
    instead, put the extrea $$ and buy Organic, free range animal products. get meat from actual farms (which is more expensive fyi)…either that, or just go fully vegetarian

  • jentrue says:

    I decided today is the day I stop eating pork. I just will not support the industry that imprisons, tortures and kills these intelligent beings. I will miss ham on Easter, pepperoni on my pizza and bacon with my eggs, but it’s all worth it.

  • Guadalupe Hinojosa says:

    I won’t eat pork again but Daniel.. eating fats are good but there are different types of fats.. some do attribute to health issues. Your on a computer so instead of assuming just do your own research. Or better yet hit the “South Beach Diet” they divide the good fats vs the bad fats.. even carbs have good vs bad. By the way to the other gentleman.. plants or dare I say vegetables and fruits don’t carry any fats but a potato does contain starch. But pork, never again!

  • Gary says:

    I have always loved the taste of bacon but after reading this artical and seeing many others I won’t be eating it anymore. How badly the animal is treated and how bad it is for me is the reason. I doubt if I am ever a complete vegetarian but I eat very little meat for economic reasons. Most my protien comes from beans and brown rice, I also eat fish and cheese, when I can find it on sale. I have been on this kind of diet for so long now that I don’t miss meat at all, in fact, a McDonalds hamburger tastes like trash. Bacon I will miss you, but, you gotta go.

  • one direction says:

    I feel sorry for the pigs. I also refuse to eat anything with pork in it.

  • Kevin says:

    People are stupid if u think animal fats are good for you. These are saturated fats and lead to a wide variety of health related issues. Plant fats are what is needed for overall health. Mono or poly unsaturated

  • Daniel says:

    The first point is a crock of bull. The fact that you attribute heart disease and cancer to eating saturated fats means your living in the past. Fats are healthy for you and whether your vegetarian or not you should eat them. Not eating bacon is fine but if your going to lie its not.

  • Bob says:

    all the religious books (torah, bible, and Quran ) prohibit eating it for the reasons listed and many more reasons .

  • hmmm says:

    First pork harvest more diesease than.any other animal. Second you are right pigs dont sweat the toxin the eat are stored in their bodies. Third their stomachs digest food within a hour meaning more toxins that insteed than means more toxic meat. There are plenty of facts out there in this overwhelming tech age, but that will educate us properly. Pig also is not a healthy meat and all together there is enough substituted out there should just be avoided.

  • *sunshine says:

    little would this site have you know that pigs will also consume human beings if given the chance they are omnivores.

  • Holly says:

    I’m more shock about pigs being smart like 3 year olds :0. Few years ago I heard about a lady pig who saved her from dieing by pretending to be dead in the street. I always thought that this lady just happen to have a smart pig by chance.

    Anonymous- I didn’t know that they ate their own poo yuck.

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