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The pig whisperer at work

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'Pig whisperer' Kees Scheepens hypnotizes a piglet in Duelmen, western Germany, in a picture taken on June 22, 2012 and made available today.

"Let pigs be pigs", Scheepens advised representatives of the hog industry during a visit to Canada in 2010 in which he advocated a less intensive form of pig-rearing.