Friday, February 16, 2007

Zoo raising public awareness of pig's intelligence

Thanks to the approaching New Year (year of the Pig), Singapore has finally given some focus on how intelligent pigs are. 3 five-month-old pigs in the Singapore zoo will be featured in the Happy Hogs Shows. The pigs will move through an obstacle course twice a day. They will run under a log, pick up a Chinese scroll and unfurl it, and talk into a microphone. This show made me suspect whether or not there is any cruelty behind the three-month training. I certainly hope there isn't, and the training is hurt-free. Despite this concern, bringing awareness to the intelligence of pigs is a rare thing seen here (the only other publicity on pigs intelligence I can think of is that given by our local vegetarian society) and I applaud the zoo for creating this awareness. I am glad more people will be learn about the intelligence of pigs and how they are very much like dogs. Hopefully, while chewing on the chinese new year ba kwa, they will make the missing connection.

I wish you an early Happy Chinese New Year as I will be spending my new year in Malaysia, be back to post more next week :)

3 comments:

Edanator said...

Hi Rujoon,

I think the problem with the pig show is that few people will make the connection between the intelligent animal at the zoo, and the lumps of pork on their dinner table. Unfortunately...

/Eda

Anonymous said...

I think it all depends on the person him/herself. Some ppl will be able to see the connection while some won't. But i think it's good that the zoo is showing that pigs are intelligent too.
--jn

dreamy said...

I agree Eda, there are many who will not make the connection, but like what jn mentioned, there will be some who do. Even if it's just one person making the connection, it's still better than none at all :)

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