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Big personalities

As anyone who has been privileged enough to live with pigs will attest, each is as individual as we are. It is utterly ridiculous to try to dismiss individuals within a species as one-dimensional and interchangable. It may be uncomfortable for meat eaters to acknowledge that every pig has a personality and is a complex individual with his or her own thoughts, understanding and emotions. But, of course, they are!

According to Marino and Colvin: 

Studies of non-human animals show that personality traits are ubiquitous in the animal kingdom; a wide range of fish, birds and mammals show persistent individual differences that can be organised along core personality dimensions, many of which overlap with those found in humans…

Pigs display consistent behavioural and emotional characteristics that have been described variously as personality, eg coping styles, response types, temperament, behavioural tendencies…” (32).