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12/16/2011

iPad App Lets Humans Play With Real Pigs  »

[Playing with Pigs: Pig Chase from Utrecht School of the Arts on Vimeo. Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]

Designers in the Netherlands have created an iPad app called Pig Chase that lets humans and pigs play a game together in a weird form of interspecies bliss. It’s kind of like how the Oregon Humane Society lets you play with real cats online via their robotic cat playroom (um, sorry readers, how did we fail to cover that?  [or editors, find me the link! i tried!]). Except the pigs are still gonna get slaughtered and eaten later. 

TreeHugger has a good story that explains how the game came about (partly due to the E.U.’s laws that pigs have to be entertained) and how it works (turns out pigs are really into chasing light). 

I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about this news! That must mean it’s deep, right? I mean, on the one hand, users get to play with cute pigs, the pigs get to have fun, and everyone bonds. I definitely think a game like this could help a lot more people realize how smart and awesome pigs are and push them away from eating the little buggers.

But on the other hand, what about the people who play this game and then go eat some bacon? That requires such a deep level of denial it can’t be good for our species. Plus is this just justifying keeping pigs in captivity? I mean, flashes-of-light games are better than the horrible factory farm conditions U.S. pigs live in, but would a happy, outdoor farm life be best? What do you think, readers?

The app isn’t available yet, but they are planning to ”actually realize this system” next, whatever the heck that means.

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