Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ugly Piglet

Piglets are usually cute. Shane Petersen has an example of a ugly piglet. It takes a lot of work to get pigs to look nice for photos.

How animals look are really important to humans. A lot of breeds look the way they do because humans have culled the ugly ones for many generations.

Wooly Pigs breeds pigs that eat well. We don't care how they look. Mangalitsa crosses (75%) look heterogenous and are a bit uglier than the purebreds. But they taste great.

When people me that Mangalitsa pigs are the ugliest pigs they've seen, I tell them they are the best-tasting. That's backed by empirical results.

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