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Are Pigs Smarter Than Dogs? And Should We Care?


My son Gideon, age nine, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom “Green Acres,” which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.
So I couldn’t resist the recent Associated Press headline “Pigs Smart As Dogs? Activists Pose The Question.”
The article is about The Someone Project, which is coordinated by Farm Sanctuary, an animal-protection and vegan-advocacy organization. The Someone Project wants us to realize that farm animals are more intelligent and emotionally complex than we thought, develop more empathy for those animals and ponder questions such as “Why do I casually eat beef, pork, poultry and ...

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