Could You Eat The World's Smartest Sandwich?
There are one billion pigs in the world at any one time, but how much do we actually know about one of the world’s most eaten animals?
Descended from wild boar, a domestic pig’s natural lifespan is around 20 years.
Pigs outsmart dogs any day, they love being with other animals and really like to play. Studies have shown they can even play simple computer games! From just two weeks old they can they recognise their own names and run to their mother's voices.
A pig’s snout is highly sensitive – developed for smelling, carrying, pushing, rooting and interactions with other pigs. Pigs are naturally very clean and don’t defecate where they have to live because they don’t like getting dirty. Pigs can’t sweat – they have almost no sweat glands! They keep themselves cool by rolling in mud and need a constant supply of fresh, moist air and drinking water.
Do you love pigs enough not to eat them?
What happens to pigs in factory farms?
Piglets are slaughtered for pork, sausages, pepperoni and bacon between five and six months old. Sows – mother pigs - are killed for low-grade meat at three to five years old.
The vast majority of young pigs live in filthy, barren cells with slatted wooden floors, where they can’t root or perform many of their natural behaviours. Grossly overcrowded, and without mud or fresh air to cool them, they can become heat-stressed and collapse.
A sow is imprisoned in a farrowing crate - a metal-barred pen so small she can’t walk or turn around. She’s locked in there one week before her babies are due and stays there for 28 days, when her piglets are taken from her. It happens every five months and some mothers literally go crazy.
Disease is common in factory farms, leading to an overuse of antibiotics, a major threat to humanity. Nearly a half of all antibiotics in the UK are used in farming - the majority being given to pigs.
Are you willing to see the inside of a pig farm for yourself?
The great news is, you don’t have to be a part of this cruelty. In fact, you can live a kinder, healthier and more environmentally-friendly lifestyle by choosing vegan instead!
There has never been a better time to go vegan. With a rapidly growing number of vegan options on every high street, it has never been easier to transition to a vegan diet.
There’s no time like the present! Join the thousands of others around the UK and sign up for our 30 day vegan challenge. Our completely free app provides everything you need to go vegan, from delicious vegan recipes and meal plans, to nutrition advice, health information and inspiration. It’s also available as daily notifications or email alerts.
Know someone who should go vegan? You can get your friends and family involved in the vegan revolution by simply adding their details to our 30-day vegan sign up form.
Want to get involved?
Viva!'s No Porkies street actions are taking place in major cities throughout the UK in 2019 and 2020!
We will be raising awareness about the suffering of pigs in factory farming by handing out The World's Smartest Sandwich leaflets and encouraging people to try vegan alternatives such as V-dogs vegan hot dogs!
The 2019 dates for the No Porkies tour:
Bristol, Broadmead: Wednesday 7th August 12-3pm
Manchester, New Cathedral Street: Wednesday 14th August 12-3pm
Birmingham, High Street: Friday 6th September 12-3pm
London (TBC): Tuesday 22nd October 12-3pm
Come along, and bring your friends, to grab your free vegan sausages!! If you'd like to volunteer for any of the dates email firstname.lastname@example.org