"In this ground-breaking book, Jeffrey Masson reveals startling evidence that farm animals have feelings, even consciousness - and bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable barnyard creatures, each unique with distinct qualities.
Curious, intelligent, self-reliant - many will find it hard to believe that these attributes describe a pig. They also dream and know their names when called. Mother cows mourn when their calves are taken away. Given a choice between food that is nutritious or lacking in minerals, sheep will select the former, balancing their diet and correcting the deficiency. Goats display quite a sense of humor, dignity and fearlessness (Indian goats have been known to kill leopards). Chickens are naturally sociable - they will gather around a human companion and preen themselves beside someone they trust."