“I know of no other animals [who] are more consistently curious, more willing to explore new experiences, more ready to meet the world with open mouthed enthusiasm. Pigs, I have discovered, are incurable optimists and get a big kick out of just being,” writes biologist Lyall Watson in The Whole Hog.
There is a misperception of pigs and other farm animals as stupid and unfeeling. Animals raised for food have deep cognitive and emotional lives - so why do we treat them with such cruelty?
These are the thorny topics taken up by authors Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce in their book The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age ( Beacon Press, 2017).
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