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(US/ny) Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question

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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 29, 2013
      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
      pork chops.

      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
      dolphins.

      "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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      full story:
      http://www.wtop.com/628/3403923/Some-Pigs

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