Cody helped out at the vegan outreach table today. He was there to help inspire compassion for birds and all other critters! More and more people seem to be on board with choosing a cruelty-free diet. Very exciting!
It took me some extra time to reach the table because somebirdy got swarmed.
President Obama explained that after last year, his daughters decided they couldn’t put up with his dad jokes, so he was joined at the pardon by his adorable two nephews! President Obama is clearly letting his full nerd hang out now. (Yes he cran!) The full video of jokes is truly worth the click.
Photos from the Pacific Poultry Breeders Association show. These are not my birds, just a random sampling of some of the thousands of birds on display. I love my new camera, I’m really impressed with how well it did on these photos.
Breeds represented, in order: Golden phoenix, bantam leghorn, favorelles, bantam speckled sussex, sweet grass turkey, serama, bantam buff-laced polish, blue-laced red wyandotte, and old english game bantam.
20 Amazing Facts That Will Change the Way You Look at Farmed Animals
#1. Pigs are considered the fifth most intelligent animal in the world — even more intelligent than dogs — and are capable of playing video games with even more focus and success than chimps!
#2. Cows have great memories, and can learn and respond to their names.
#3. Chickens are able to recognize over 100 individual faces, not only of their fellow chickens, but also of humans.
#4. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing, and newborn piglets recognize their own names and run to their mothers’ voices.
#5. Sheep wag their tails to show affection.
#6. Chickens use over 200 distinct noises for communication.
#7. Like humans, cows form close friendships. They choose to spend much of their time with two to four preferred companions.
#8. Hens begin communicating with their chicks before they even hatch. When the babies are still inside their shells, the mother hen clucks softly to them and they chirp back.
#9. Chickens pass down knowledge from generation to generation.
#10. Fish eavesdrop on one another to gather information.
#11. Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.
#12. Cows get excited when they solve problems. Upon successfully finding food hidden behind a closed door, their heartbeats go up. Cows also have a similarly happy response to being released after a long period of confinement.
#13. Chickens can empathize with peers in danger, and use their previous experiences to inform decision making.
#14. Cows like to sleep close to their families, and their sleeping arrangements reflect their respective rankings in the social hierarchy.
#15. The cognitive abilities of fish are impressive — they learn faster than dogs!
#16. Crustaceans, such as lobsters and crabs, are able to remember painful stimuli and avoid certain situations based upon negative past experiences. They also form social hierarchies with individuals close to them.
#17. Pigs have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in a specific spot, they’ll remember to look there next time!
#18. Goats communicate with each other by bleating. A mother goat and her baby, or “kid,” will recognize each other’s calls from the moment the baby is born.
#19. Pigs have a sophisticated sense of direction. They can find their way home from huge distances away.
#20. Turkeys enjoy hearing music, and sometimes they’ll chirp along. Next time you’re looking to start a sing-along, consider inviting some feathered friends!