Intelligent animals

By Joe Dunthorne

The pigs are happy and we cannot

understand why. We mention China’s

industrial explosion but they just shrug

and make a contented sound from deep

inside their rectangular bodies.


What about the media, we ask,

where you are less news-worthy

than dogs. They nuzzle the dirt

and do a little roly-poly.


We show them buckets of antiseptic.

We show them photos of cows on fire.

We show them a documentary

about intensive pig farming.