One of the pig’s most distinctive features is its snout. It is unsurprising that pigs have an excellent sense of smell. In fact, pigs can detect scents an estimate 2,000 times more than humans. They use their keen noses not just to find food like many other animals, but also to sense danger and access their general surroundings. The end of the snout that forms the pigs distinctive “nose” is made of a thick, rough cartilage that allows them to really dig their nose in to sniff around. Pigs even have memories linked to different smells, so next time you see one rooting sniffing around perhaps it’s looking for something or trying to find its exact favourite spot from before! Amazing!
Isn’t is amazing that compassion for others is a major theme of every major world religion? Everyone, no matter what choices or circumstances they have in life, experiences suffering. Not only is compassion featured prominently as a way to be in the world across all religions, but there is an evolutionary component. When we experience compassion, our hormones secrete oxytocin in parts of our brain activating our pleasure centres. I’m not going to promote a specific religion – or lack thereof – I’m just saying that we suffer far less when we are willing to suffer together.