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Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question

General July 29, 2013

FILE - A Jersey cow stares down a chicken in the milking parlor of a farm south of Winchester, Va. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The chicken was eating spilled feed for the cows. Animal-welfare advocates are launching a campaign called The Someone Project that aims to highlight research depicting pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals as more intelligent and emotionally complex than commonly believed. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Scott Mason)NEW YORK (AP) — There's extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and pork chops.


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