The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Published by Vintage 2005, ISBN 0-099-28574-6
This is a book about farm animals - chickens, cows, sheep and goats - and what they think and feel. As with his previous bestsellers on animal emotions, Jeffrey Masson reveals that these creatures, so often despised or abused, feel complex emotions - among them love, loyalty, friendship, sadness, grief and sorrow. The domesticated animals which live on our farms are very little removed from their wild ancestors, and keep the emotions that belong to those animals when they lived free. This means that the confinement farm animals are subjected to is painful to them and that those enduring factory farm conditions are suffering little less than torture.
Thinking about the wild ancestors of farm animals allows us to answer many questions that were once considered unanswerable. Those answers, however uncomfortable, are at last providing insights into the personalities and needs of the animals on whom we depend.
'Compassionate, compelling and often tear-jerking... Anyone who has a heart will be reduced to tears, in not to vegetarianism, by Masson's argument' - Daily Mail
'An entertaining survey of the main characteristics of farmed animals and a sobering account of how these have been ignored' - Guardian
'Presents information and anecdotes without ever preaching' - Independent on Sunday