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April 03, 2020 - Psychology Today

Assuming Chickens Suffer Less Than Pigs Is Idle Speciesism

Assuming Chickens Suffer Less Than Pigs Is Idle Speciesism
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"Chickens are as cognitively, emotionally, and socially complex as many mammals."

Upon reading "From Shepherd to Advocate" by Sentient Media founder Mikko Jarvenpaa, I made a note: “He would choose to inflict suffering on birds over mammals. He considers human life and experience more valuable and desirable than the life and experience of other animals.” Jarvenpaa also writes that after exploited humans, the pig, “rather uncontroversially,” is the “next most intelligent exploited animal.” Jarvenpaa's essay reminded me of a piece you wrote called "Are Pigs as Smart as Dogs and Does It Really Matter?" in which you argued that pitting animals against each other in terms of intelligence or how much they suffer not only is bad science, but also harmful.2

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