CARNISM DEBUNKED

Humanely slaughtering the arguments for animal exploitation.

Animal intelligence

A common trait of Carnism—the belief system that indoctrinates us into treating some animals as food, clothing, entertainment, etc. while others as individuals—is for people to ascribe 'food' animals as having a lower level of intelligence than the animals we don't eat (so, for example, dogs are seen as more intelligent than farm animals such as cows).

While it doesn't matter how intelligent someone is, but rather what their capacity to suffer is, the inconvenient reality for those people who do ascribe lower cognitive abilities to 'food' animals in order to comfort them in their decision to eat them, is that they are wrong, and these animals are intelligent beings with intricate thought processes, just like us, and indeed the animals we don't eat.

Below I have compiled a list of footage of our most commonly eaten or exploited 'food' animals to dispel the myths surrounding their intelligence. These videos show animals undertaking complex thought processes and performing tasks that require intelligence or sentience. I was quite saddened when compiling this list, as it caused me to reflect on what rational thought processes these animals have and how much they must suffer as a result of being farmed or caught for our food. My wish is that the average person watching these videos does the same, and reads behind the neatly packaged product on the shelf to see the sentient, intelligent being who suffered to make it.

It is an uncomfortable truth for those who eat and exploit them that these animals are intelligent and self aware, just like us.

bees

Pulling strings in order to obtain food: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbS-9RSnanI

CHICKENS

Counting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5q6xkW_hQY
Identifying images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFwjl5Jkca8
Locating hidden/switched objects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXLwDL6bJWc
Recognising differences in objects of the same shape/size: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qLs2K4UXXk
Recognising playing card faces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F5kLv6ErOA

COWS

Enjoying music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_-emj1qR4
Greeting other species of animal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msbSys9Z27I
Operating machinery, opening gates, playing with a ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBwoPVB3M7I
Remembering traumatic farm experience and hiding calf from humans at sanctuary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDq4F4plSMQ

DUCKS

Forming friendship with human child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rgpC5aSRnw
Playing dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mHuPyjC7WE

PIGS

Outsmarting dogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6nnPbo82LA
Painting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIpmihr0pFU
Playing video games (outsmarting dogs again!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dFwx95ufEk
Swimming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRsAhZLCPuU
Understanding human language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2p5lLqautw
Understanding and performing commands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU7_Ar9C_iI
Understanding reflections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mza1EQ6aLdg
Understanding games involving shapes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqr-Y_6ckP0

SHEEP

Opening a gate lock from the opposite side: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WKiwtpb6Z8
Surfing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUlC79KBfmA
Turning a tap to drink water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czlP0sbUIno

TUNA

Using the slipstream of a boat to conserve energy when swimming in that same direction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNxvwtc1-YI

TURKEYS

Enjoying human company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvA7jF-rY3A
Swimming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR0Qu4Ggjlw