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We all know what bacon is. It’s advertised on TV, in fast-food ads, and even in our grocery stores. But have you ever stopped to think about who bacon is?
Bacon is made from pigs who suffered a lot before being killed. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Here are 13 reasons why you should leave bacon off your plate:
Pigs have excellent long-term memories, and they are just as intelligent as chimpanzees, elephants, and dolphins—and they can even outsmart dogs.
Pigs have been taught to catch balls and Frisbees and fetch slippers. They can quickly figure out how to unlock gates and turn on faucets.
And we don’t just mean with each other. Pigs can play and win video games! Yep, you heard us right.
They form strong bonds with one another. Mother pigs are very protective of their babies and “sing” to them while they are nursing.
This may come as a surprise, but it’s true! Since pigs don’t sweat like humans do, they keep cool by lying in water or mud.
On factory farms, sows are forced to live in crates that are too small for them to turn around in. Can you imagine spending your life trapped in such a small cage?
This often happens when the baby pigs are only 10 days old.
To move them across the country, factory farm workers use painful electric prods to get terrified pigs onto transport trucks. They don’t have any space to move around, and the trucks make lots of noise and vibrations, which is extremely scary.
Jo-Anne McArthur/ We Animals
A slaughterhouse kills about 1,000 pigs every single hour. No food is worth making any animal suffer, never mind millions of them.
Eating meat has been linked to lots of health problems. Plus, pigs on factory farms are fed antibiotics and sprayed with pesticides (or chemicals) to keep them from spreading diseases. This means that people who eat bacon are also eating these poisons.
Each pig used for bacon may need up to five gallons of water every single day. That’s a whole lot of water!
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The meat industry is one of the biggest causes of today’s most serious environmental problems. So if you want to help save the planet, stop eating bacon.