To improve pork quality, Beijing pigs will listen to soothing music
So apart from getting fed an organic diet and being put through a daily exercise regime, it appears the pigs will get to hear soothing music while being bathed each day!
Said a spokesperson of one of the 10 Olympic pig farms (whose locations are a top secret):
The pigs are kept under 24-hour care. They wlll listen to soothing music while being bathed or drinking their water. This is to reduce their stress reactions and to avoid bad substances from appearing in the pork.
It’s been a looooong time since we last pampered ourselves with a spa package, but hey these pigs are lucky! Alas, the spokesperson didn’t elucidate what music the pigs will get to hear. We heard Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” or Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” will make babies smarter, but we haven’t heard of any research being done for pigs yet. Maybe Chinese scientists will take the lead here?
Previously on Shanghaiist
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Beijing Daily: 北京提升猪肉产品质量 生猪入圈静养听音乐
Wall Street Journal: Chinese bloggers stew about Olympic pigs