Pigs are Cleaner and Smarter than Dogs
Believe it or not, pigs are much cleaner and even smarter than dogs.
I spent part of my childhood on a farm where pigs were raised free-range. Dozens of pigs were free to come and go to large paddocks, from a large, open, concrete barn, that was full of straw and subdivided into three areas. Incredibly, NO PIG EVER WENT TO THE TOILET in that barn! It did not smell! Pigs HATE to make a mess in their own home!
The only reason that pigs smell is because people keep them in tiny, tiny pens which is very cruel for such a smart animal. They probably smell better than humans would smell, if humans were kept in cages of the equivalent size and forced to live with their waste products.
There have been a number of people who claim that pigs are smarter than dogs. I was watching a show on Animal Planet in 2001 and a man who trained pigs claimed that his pigs knew more tricks than his dogs, and were faster to learn.
My own observation of pigs is that any animal that makes so many different noises just has to be smart. I’m pretty good at imitating animal noises, but I have never been able to fully imitate the noise of pigs. If you listen to happy pigs out in the open, they make many, many more noises than the proverbial ‘grunt’ and ‘oink’. It seems as though they have a full vocabulary!
There are worse things than dying. It is incredibly cruel for any animal, let alone a highly intelligent, super social animal such as a pig, to have to spend it’s whole life in a tiny, tiny pen where it can’t even LIE DOWN, let alone do all the many things pigs love to do.
Plus, when a pig lives in these types of conditons, its body produces a lot of extra toxins which will cause your health to deteriorate if you eat it.
Please, please, please don’t eat pork, bacon or pig products that are not labelled free-range (which is most pork products). If a pig has to die for you – at least let her have a happy life!
Here is a story that indicates just how intelligent pigs really are:
Oinking for help
Pot-bellied pig saves owner’s life by lying in front of a car
Saturday, October 10, 1998
By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Staff Writer
It was just like those “Lassie” episodes where Timmy would injure himself in the wilderness and the ever-loyal, super-intelligent collie would run to town, bark for help and lead rescuers to her master.
OK, it was almost like that.
Except that Jo Ann Altsman of Beaver Falls didn’t twist her ankle but had a heart attack.
And it wasn’t in the wilderness but in the bedroom of her vacation trailer on Presque Isle.
And the pet that ran — er, waddled — for help was a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named LuLu.
When you think about it, LuLu’s real-life feat the morning of Aug. 4 was much more amazing than any of Lassie’s fictional rescues because she can’t bark. That didn’t matter. Smart pig that she is, LuLu did the next best thing.
She laid down in front of a car on the road outside the trailer and then led a disbelieving motorist to Altsman, whose ordeal lasted 45 minutes.
Had 15 more minutes elapsed, doctors told her, she likely would have died.
“Pigs are very, very smart,” Altsman, 57, said yesterday. She is recuperating from heart surgery she underwent Sept. 15. “They’re a lot smarter than dogs.”
Take that, Lassie!
And you, too, Bear. That’s Altsman’s American Eskimo dog who did nothing but bark at her after she collapsed and tried to summon help by breaking a bedroom window. Altsman’s husband, Jack, was fishing on Lake Erie at the time.
“I was yelling ‘Somebody help me. Please help me. Call an ambulance,”‘ recalled Altsman, who had had another heart attack 18 months earlier.
“She looked at my head. She made sounds like she was crying,” said Altsman, who then imitated the sound — quite indescribable — of a crying Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.
“You know, they cry big fat tears,” she noted.
But the porker pulled herself together, and headed outside through the doggy/piggy door and into the fenced-in yard. Never before had LuLu left the confines of the yard — except for a leash walk — but this was no ordinary day. She somehow pushed open the gate and walked into the road.
There, LuLu gave new meaning to the phrase “hogging the road.” Witnesses later told Altsman that LuLu waited until a car approached and then walked onto the road and laid down in front of it. Several times she returned to Altsman only to leave again and try to get help.
One man stopped but later said he was so unsure of what the creature on the road was that he was afraid to get out.
“She’s not very attractive,” Altsman allowed.
But another motorist stopped for the prone pig and got out. LuLu knew just what to do. She led the man to the house and the rescue.
“I heard a man hollering through the door, ‘Lady, your pig’s in distress,”‘ Altsman said. “I said, ‘I’m in distress, too. Please call an ambulance.”‘
The man, whose name Altsman never learned, did just that and medics quickly arrived. But when the pig tried to get into the ambulance with Altsman, medics gently let LuLu know she had done enough for one day.
Later, it was discovered that LuLu had cut her rather pronounced stomach on the obviously too-small doggy/piggy door.
“My husband keeps enlarging it but she keeps enlarging, too,” Altsman said of LuLu, who turned 1 on July 4.
LuLu was purchased in Edinboro in August 1997 by Jack Altsman as a 40th-birthday present for the couple’s daughter, Jackie, of Fombell, Beaver County. Jackie, however, went on a five-day whale-watching trip to New England and asked her parents to baby-sit LuLu.
Jackie really didn’t want the pig, Altsman said. “She came back on Aug. 18 and kept putting off (picking up LuLu), saying, ‘Next weekend, next weekend.’ You know how kids are.”
The Altsmans became attached to the porcine house pet, even as it exploded from 4 pounds to 150. And counting.
And how did Altsman thank LuLu?
“She got a jelly doughnut,” said Altsman. She then made a sloshing type noise that LuLu apparently makes when she devours pastry.
Somehow, Lassie no longer came to mind.
Please, please, please don’t eat pork, bacon or pig products that come from factory farms. Only eat pig products that are clearly labelled free range (ask at your Health Food Store).
If a pig has to die for you – at least let her have a happy life!
If you want to help these defenseless animals further, please:
Write to your local pig farmers in the yellow pages asking that intensive farming of animals be phased out.
Write to your favourite restaurant chain asking that they stop using intensively-raised pig products.
Write to your local representative asking that:
1) Intensive farming of animals, especially pigs, be phased out.
2) Factory-farmed pork be labelled “intensive” as an information service to customers
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