(US/ny) Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question
- NEW YORK (AP) -- There's extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and
sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect;
the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and
Seeking to capitalize on that discrepancy, animal-welfare advocates
are launching a campaign called The Someone Project that aims to
highlight research depicting pigs, chickens, cows and other farm
animals as more intelligent and emotionally complex than commonly
believed. The hope is that more people might view these animals with
the same empathy that they view dogs, cats, elephants, great apes and
"When you ask people why they eat chickens but not cats, the only
thing they can come up with is that they sense cats and dogs are more
cognitively sophisticated that then species we eat -- and we know this
isn't true," said Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary, the
animal-protection and vegan-advocacy organization that is coordinating
the new project.
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