“Empathy is the seed from which compassion blooms. It is the antidote to all forms of
violence and is central to our wellbeing.”1
— Melanie Joy, PhD
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the ability to experience life in accordance with natural instincts and to live a natural life span. When living freely, animals are able to develop their unique intelligence, sensitivities, and social structures.
The Emotional World of Farm Animals(52 min.)
should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times."
— Isaac Bashevis Singer,
Nobel Prize for Literature, 1978
Chickens are “complex behaviorally,do quite well in learning, show a rich social organization, and have a diverse repertoire of calls”, communicating different things. Hens 'talk' to their unhatched chicks who answer back. Baby chicks can do basic math! 
Rats! Cuteness Overload and Smart Too!
"Cows have a 'secret life'
in which they nurture friendships, bear grudges, and become excited over intellectual challenges." Cows choose herd leaders based upon
Fish are sentient too:
“Fish have memories,
a sense of time, recognize individuals, have complex social relationships, engage in play, and have the ability to feel fear and suffer in the same ways as animals."
1. Joy, Melanie. (2013). www.forksoverknives.com/ incorporating-compassion-for-farmed-animals
2. "Someone Not Something: Farm Animal Behavior, Emotion & Intelligence." www.farmsanctuary.org/ learn/someone-not-something
3. (2.) "Someone Not Something...
4. Gill, Victoria. (2009, April 2). Baby Chicks do basic arithmatic. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7975260.stm
5. "Someone Not Something...
6. "Cows Choose Leaders Based on Intelligence, Confidence, and Experience." Farmed Animal Watch. www.farmedanimal.net/faw/faw6-1.htm
7. The Secret Life of Cows. www.animalsaustralia.org/ issues/secret-lives-of-cows.php
9. Who You Calling a Bird Brain? (2014, May/June) All Animals. www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/ 2014/05-06/who-you-calling-birdbrain-chicken-intelligence.html
Jefferey M. Masson, Ph.D, best-selling author of nine books, has appeared on Oprah and Good Morning America.
"The Last Pig journeys into the life of a pig farmer as
he grapples with death, searches for compassion, and finally finds the courage to change. For over a decade, Bob Comis provided a humane — even idyllic — life for the pigs he farmed. But as he tended to his charges,
he developed a closeness that began to haunt him, and his weekly trips to the slaughterhouse become agonizing. With 250 pigs on the farm, Comis suddenly found himself trapped by his past.
"Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG
raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs, the struggle to reinvent his life, and the ghosts
that will haunt him forever.
"It is our hope that THE LAST PIG will help propel a shift in our society’s relationship to non-human beings and our capacity for compassion."
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"People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we
Just Like Us Animals Feel Joy, Love, Grief, Anger (2 min.)
intelligence, inquisitiveness, and confidence. Being social, they seek grooming partners and become stressed when separated. Mothers form strong bonds with their calves, and have a distinct call for their babies.
Fowl Play: Chicken Intelligence (3 min.)
Tender moments between a cow and a kitten. Love is blind to species.
Be prepared to be surprised! These cute rats are smart, social, and playful. They do tricks that even dogs may not be able to do! (4 min.)
Pigs “have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated, even more so than dogs and certainly three-year-olds.” Mother pigs (sows) 'sing' to their piglets when milk is flowing. All pigs dream when sleeping; a sign of complex cognition.
The Pig Who Sang to the Moon (13 min.)
Listings in the United States.
Meet Dot, a lucky rescued pig, full of life, playful, and finally safe. Not the same fate for most pigs, such as those turned into bacon or pork. Yes, someONE paid with their life for those bacon slices or pieces of pork.
Heart-Centered Humans for Animals' Rights and Protection
Cow & Cat: Best Friends!
Farmed animal mothers —
Cows, pigs (sows), chickens (hens);
all farmed animals have natural instincts to nurture and care for their young. This sacred bond is destroyed for commercial animals.
All animals have personalities,
interests in life, and personal preferences. Farmed animals lack
the freedom to explore the world, deprived of opportunities to develop their personalities or friendships;
all vital to their well-being.
Fun-loving pig rescued from a factory farm. (35 sec.)
Photo by Djurens Rätt
Moments Before Slaughter
Trailor for "The Last Pig," Documentary of a Former Pig Farmer
Animal behaviorist Jonathan Balcombe describes the extraordinary and unexpected intelligence of chickens. Chickens have the same emotional capacities as mammals.
Most of their brain is dedicated to complex cognitive behavior vs. instinctive behavior.
Moments Before Slaughter
All farm animals feel love and pain, joy
and fear. They have unique intelligence,
sensitivities, curiosity, a great capacity
for social relationships, self-awareness,
and a strong will to live.
Adapted from The Pig Who Sang to the Moon:
The Emotional World of Farm Animals,
by Jefferey M. Masson, Ph.D, best-selling author
who has appeared on Oprah and Good Morning America.