Factory Farming

Pigs

Did you know?

In nature, pigs live in social groups, often sleeping huddled together.

Pigs can recognize and remember up to 30 other pigs, and greet each other by making nose-to-nose contact and/or by grooming the other.

Pigs are capable of learning complex tasks, perceiving time, and anticipating future events.

Sows spend approximately 31% of their time grazing, 21% rooting, 14% walking, and 6% lying down.  

When given space, sows will seek places apart from nesting and feeding areas to urinate and defecate.

When released from confinement to semi-natural enclosures, sows quickly revert to natural behaviors like rooting, nest-building, and traveling long distances.   

A pregnant sow may walk up to six miles before finding a sufficiently protected area to build her nest, and can take up to ten hours to complete her nest.

Pig snouts are highly sensitive tools that help them find a wide variety of foods such as fruits, roots, mushrooms, grasses, earthworms, snakes, and rodents.

Water is the most important part of a pig's diet, as a pig's body is one-half to two-thirds water.

Some researchers claim that pigs make more than 20 different sounds. Other than the common "oink, oink" sound pigs make, their language also includes jaw chomping, teeth clacking, grunts, roars, squeals, snarls, and snorts. 

Male pigs, called boars, use mating songs when attracting females.  

Female pigs, called sows, use a special grunt to tell their piglets it is time to suckle.  

Baby pigs, called piglets, use a distress call when separated from their mother.


Learn about the life of a pig raised on a factory farm.