The Ham That Barked

Published by PETA.

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: © iStock.com/Angelika Schwarz | Pig: © iStock.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 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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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind