posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 11:17 PM
The Sept. 1978 issue of the National Geographic magazine includes an article titled “The Joy of Pigs” that starts like this:
“Of course your pooch is a clever beast, and your tabby is probably just as bright but simply doesn’t choose to flaunt it. But, to my mind, when
it comes to pure, native intelligence, both of them are completely overshadowed by that barnyard paragon, the pig.
“ ’Stupid swine?’ Don’t you believe it!
“Scientists say that pigs, unlike all other domestic animals, arrive at solutions to problems by thinking them through, and pig experts report that
the animals can be --and have been-- taught to accomplish about any feat a dog can master, and usually in a shorter time.
“There was the sow in 18th-century England that became a better pointer than the bird dogs from whom, by mere observation, she learned the skill.
“And then there’s my own good pet, Fido, who easily mastered the bolt lock I had put on a kitchen cabinet in a futile attempt to foil his periodic
raids on my condiments.”
These are sensitive animals, and they are far more clever than dogs (some have been trained as circus animals), but only one person on this thread has
shown any sympathy for them. Who was that poor thing hurting? It was just quietly surviving in the wild, harming nobody, but the first thing that
redneck lout did was go and bring a firearm. He could’ve called for help, captured the pig and taken it to a zoo or college, where people
would’ve had the chance to come and see a marvelous specimen, and eventually the kindness of its keepers would’ve turned it into a charming pet.