The Pig Who Sang to the Moon : The Emotional World of Farm Animals, Paperback

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon : The Emotional World of Farm Animals Paperback

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This is a book about farm animals - chickens, cows, sheep and goats - and what they think and feel.

As with his previous bestsellers on animal emotions, Jeffrey Masson reveals that these creatures, so often despised or abused, feel complex emotions - among them love, loyalty, friendship, sadness, grief and sorrow.

The domesticated animals which live on our farms are very little removed from their wild ancestors, and keep the emotions that belong to those animals when they lived free.

This means that the confinement farm animals are subjected to is painful and that those enduring factory farm conditions are suffering little less than torture.

Thinking about the wild ancestors of farm animals allows us to answer many questions that were once considered unanswerable.

Those answers, however uncomfortable, are at last providing insights into the personalities and needs of the animals on whom we depend.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780099285748



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This book is a disturbing account of how factory farms treat the animals that are used for the production of food for human consumption. There are much more humane ways to raise these birds and animals.

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A very emotional book for me to read being a vegan, many times I had to put it down sobbing as my heart broke reading this compelling book.