The start of an ongoing rumination on our relationship with other animals. We are prepared to eat them so why not have other relationships with them too?
When I was about 5 or 6, people in Dudley still used to keep pigs in a sty at the bottom of the garden. It was a lad's job to feed them the left over vegetable peelings and they appeared to this sensitive boy then as very bright but potentially frightening individuals.
Since then as a grown up I have learnt that other people can be very bright but potentially frightening individuals.