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Pigs: Suidae

Pigs And People

Wild pigs and humans do not get along well. Wild pigs seriously damage crops by eating them or digging them up by the roots. Humans hunt pigs for their meat and they provide natives in Asia and parts of Africa with income through commercial hunting. Some wild pigs carry disease that threatens domestic livestock. In some cultures, pigs are used in place of money. Domestic pigs are used in scientific and medical research, and their organs have been used as replacements for human organs. Humans have been the recipients of pig hearts, kidneys, livers, lungs, and pancreas (PAN-kree-us) tissue.

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Animal Life ResourceMammalsPigs: Suidae - Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Behavior And Reproduction, Pigs And People, Conservation Status, Forest Hog (hylochoerus Meinertzhageni): Species Accounts - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, DIET