Pigs get a bad name don’t they? The name itself is often used as a negative adjective. The fact is that pigs are smarter than dogs, cats, some primates, and even 3 year old children. Why do so many see them only as bacon?
Pigs are also extremely social, ironically clean, and in the wild provide a great deal of positive benefits to the ecosystem by rooting and spreading seeds.
Pigs communicate with one another with a variety of over 20 different vocalizations and like humans, pigs enjoy listening to music based on many recent studies.
In the Chinese zodiac pigs represent honesty, fortune, happiness and virility.
Winston Churchill famously said that “Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.”
Penn State University professor, Stanley Curtis found that pigs can play joystick-controlled video games and are “capable of abstract representation.” Dr. Curtis pontificates that “there is much more going on in terms of thinking and observing by these pigs than we would ever have guessed.”
Despite the negativity associated with terms like “sweating like a pig” (they don’t sweat), “eating like a pig” (pigs eat well and methodically), or just being slow in general (pigs can run a 7 minute mile. Can you?); pigs make great pets and are the 4th smartest animals behind only chimps, dolphins, and elephants.
Pigs are genetically similar to humans, which is why we’ve been able to transplant pig heart valves into humans. There’s also been considerable research in developing a “transgenic pig,” that we can use to harvest organs in their entirety. In the future, some speculate that pigs could be used as surrogates for human fetuses as they are so genetically similar in many ways.
We share all of this with you because we want people to see pigs for more than a meal. They are not just bacon or ham! Pigs are smarter than the pets we love in our homes. Please share this message about our intelligent four legged friends.