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Intelligence – 15 July 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

There is ever-increasing evidence that other animals possess intelligence and abilities beyond anything that most humans are aware of (or want to know about, for obvious reasons).

The following article is just a small sampling of the evidence that contradicts the ignorant beliefs about animals that people have been clinging to for thousands of years:

“Pigs are naturally anything but dirty and brutish. And if given half a chance, will display high intelligence. Ask Professor Stanley Curtis of Pennsylvania State University. He taught several pigs to understand complex relationships between actions and objects in order to play video games. Curtis, along with his colleagues, found these creatures to be focused, creative, and innovative – equal in intelligence to chimpanzees. Similarly, other researchers have found chickens to show empathy (and to be smart as well), cows to respond to music, and fish to be as individualistic as dogs.” From “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” Sixth Edition by Pamela Rice.

Isn’t it appalling that chickens, who show empathy, are not considered animals in our country and have absolutely no legal protection?! Yet there is no excuse for this ignorant hardness of heart. It’s obvious that humans have been aware of the empathy of chickens for over 2,000 years, otherwise Jesus would not have mentioned hens to illustrate his own feelings of empathy: (Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34)

Matthew 23:37

37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling."

Luke 13:34

34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!"

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