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Find out what really happens before the pigs become your breakfast, from sow stalls and farrowing crates to what's wrong with free range.

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Facts about pigs

Pigs are incredibly social, curious and highly-intelligent animals, who want to live just as much as we do.

  • Pigs communicate constantly with one another; more than 20 vocalizations have been identified that pigs use in different situations, from wooing mates to saying, "I'm hungry!"
  • Pigs are clean animals. If given sufficient space, they will be careful not to soil the area where they sleep or eat.
  • Sows like to build nests from their surrounding environment in order to provide shelter for their piglets.
  • Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers' voices and to recognize their own names. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.
  • Pigs have greater intelligence than dogs and even three-year-old humans.
  • Pigs appear to have a good sense of direction and have found their way home over great distances. Adult pigs can run at speeds of up to 11 miles an hour.
  • Pigs like to bathe in water or mud to keep cool, and they actually prefer water to mud.
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