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Pigs are AMAZINGLY smart. Check out this video of Mortiz the pig solving a block puzzle! via Humane Society Animal Protection

I started being vegan in Goa a couple of years ago, not counting accidental veganism at Oberlin.  (but that’s another story.)  I saw this family of pigs/piglets crossing the street.  They were really cute, so I stopped to take a photo.  They were terrified of me, and ran under some bushes.   Then the next day, I went to the market and heard a chicken shrieking for his or her life.  My local friends thought this was the lamest story ever - and why would I possibly turn down Goan sausages or chicken curry just because of screaming chickens?  Anyway, I slip up often, but have become acutely aware of how animals are mistreated in modern society.  Just looking at a restaurant menu - at all the meat options that are prepped whether or not someone is going to eat them.  And since they have no “purpose” anymore, animals that are not planned for human eating/consumption are virtually non-existent.  Aside from pets, squirrels, birds, wild animals.  Plus the gross drone videos released this year of pig farming in the midwest, and blood/feces being sprayed on the neighbor’s houses. Now that neighborhood farms are largely turned into condos or moved further and further away, we are disconnected from animals for the most part.  Whereas in other cultures - India particularly - or most of the 3rd world, animals have pretty free range.  I have an uncle, who’s an army veteran and bbq meat fanatic, but even he will defend the rights of a dog or animal to roam free and not get neutered, for example.  In India, I’ve been pushed off the road by aggressive cows.  It seems funny if we’re used to American culture - but at some point, even in New York, there were dogs and horses, and other animals allowed to roam around freely.  I think all that changed post-1960’s. Now we’re seeing the same thing happen in developing regions.  In South Goa for example, leopards and panthers are losing their habitat and have started sneaking into people’s yards at night and kidnap/eat their dogs. American culture is really weird, because a dog has to be neutered, but people order lions and tigers on the internet to Ohio, and then breed them freely.  And if it doesn’t work out, they dump them in a local forest or - kill them.  Neutering itself is a bit weird - that we won’t let animals reproduce or get it on freely.  Yoga - from a spiritual aspect - and not just the new age - is kind of like acting — in the sense of humans assuming animal or nature poses and honoring or learning something from nature.  I used to take this kalari martial arts class in bombay, and it was all about animal strength.  Walk across the room like an alligator, etc.  random thoughts…