Everyone knows that pigs are smarter than dogs.
Well, at least so I’ve heard.
Actually the Penn State University research I Iinked to doesn’t really come to that conclusion at all.
Not because it isn’t true, but they have no way of confirming it:
“There is no such thing as an animal IQ or other standard measure for animal intelligence that would allow a straight comparison.
But there are certainly enough other websites that make that claim.
And of course pigs were given a bad rep when they were up to all sorts of mischief in George Orwell’s tale of an un-utopian society in his classic novel Animal Farm.
Not the best day for pig P.R.
So what does any of this have to do with my supposed travel theme?
Well, a recent story USA TODAY, about what might be called pig abuse, caught my eye as we prepare for our big trip to Spain later this year.
Spain is known for an amazing array of awesome cuisine, which includes the Segovian suckling pig.
I will not comment on the unusual culinary requirements for this menu item, other than to say it is not nearly as objectionable as foie gras. Thankfully, not many things are.
It is less of a “how it is fed” and more of “for how long“.
Anyway, Segovia Spain is well known for some of the world’s best suckling pig and who am I to not partake of the local culture.
It would just be a downright faux pas of foreign fashion.
(Although, I did stop at any thought of tasting some of the barbequed four-legged animals while I was in Indonesia; you know the ones that bring your slippers and go woof-woof.)
Poor pigs, they just don’t get any respect.
I wrote some time ago about pigs that played a stand-in role for humans for military tests of a so-called skyhook.
Let’s just say, the pissed off pigs provided some real interesting in-flight entertainment.
So, back to the recent USA TODAY story.
The latest military use of pigs was to test body armor by subjecting the swine to roadside bomb blasts while they–the pigs–were strapped into Humvees.
The test results were reported as:
“The research on pigs has determined that body armor does not worsen brain injury.”
That of course begs the question, how exactly did they make that determination?
And, more importantly, were those the same pigs used by Penn State University to compare to dog I.Q.?
Not to give anyone the mistaken idea that I would rather have our loyal, devoted members of our military in anything but the finest of personal body protection, but I just have to ask the question; with the current state of General Motors and our worsening environmental conditions, couldn’t they have put the pigs into something a little more “green,” like a Prius?
Hmmmm. I wonder if there is a Save the Suckling Swine Society in Spain?