Most people only think of pigs as being “food” animals. Operating under the assumption that pigs are non-feeling, unintelligent beings, they can justify consuming pork chops and bacon without regret. The only problem is the fact that pigs actually are highly emotional and intelligent animals when we let them live in their own right. Just take this sweet pig from Santuario Igualdad Interespecie for example.
Many people don’t realize that pigs share many traits with dogs. They learn their names and will come running when called, they are very compassionate and can tell when others around them are in distress, they can learn tricks, and – as this little piggy demonstrates – they absolutely love cuddles.
There is nothing that Miguel the pig enjoys more than spending time with his caregiver Ariel. Seeing these two together reminds us that the lines we draw between our pets and other animals are purely invented. All animals deserve the chance to be loved and give love in return.
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