What does Sugar Candy Mountain symbolize and why don't the pigs like the Moses' stories about it in George Orwell's Animal Farm?

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Moses was Mr. Jones' pet raven and would spy on the farm for him. The pigs didn't like him because they knew he was a spy for Mr. Jones. The stories of Sugar Candy Mountain can be compared to religion and heaven. Moses, a religious name associated with the Bible, would tell the animals that they all would go to Sugar Candy Mountain after they die. This gave the animals hope for something better than their miserable lives on the farm under Napoleon's rule. By chapter nine, after so many trials and tribulations, Moses is allowed to stay and preach to the animals because the stories kept them working towards a better day. When once Moses was thought to be a spy and one to hurt their society, he later becomes a motivator for work which plays to the pigs' advantage.