Friday 20 October 2017

Pig moods 'affected by treatment'

Pigs' moods can be affected by how they are treated, scientists from Newcastle University have claimed
Pigs' moods can be affected by how they are treated, scientists from Newcastle University have claimed

Pigs can feel optimistic and pessimistic according to how they are being treated, scientists have claimed.

Experts from Newcastle University found that the animals were just as likely as humans to feel the glass was half empty or half full, depending on their living conditions, as hogs kept in piggy luxury were more likely to respond positively to a new experience than those in less stimulating pens.

The scientists, from the university's School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, hope the research, which shows pigs are capable of feeling complex emotions, will have an impact on animal welfare.

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