NewScientist this week reports on the squeals that piglets make when their testicles are chopped off. The reference is:
Puppe B, Schon PC, Tuchscherer A, Manteuffel G, ‘Castration-induced vocalisation in domestic piglets, Sus scrofa: Complex and specific alterations of the vocal quality’, Applied Animal Behavior Science, 2005, 95 (1-2), 67-78.
‘The observed changes of acoustical parameters during the surgical period can be interpreted as vocal indicators for experienced pain and suffering’.
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