What events in this section of the novel suggest that the pigs no longer believe the Seventh Commandment, "All animals are equal"?

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The pigs take many actions that totally disregard the important Seventh Commandment of George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm. Although all of the animals are supposed to be equal, the pigs immediately show their disdain for work, preferring to take on the administrative and teaching duties. They confiscate the milk to drink for themselves; they move into the house and begin sleeping in the humans' beds; they begin drinking alcohol; and, eventually, the pigs begin walking upright on two legs. None of the other animals are allowed to duplicated the pigs' actions.

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This is with reference to the Seven Commandments set down by the animals on ‘Manor Farm’ when the animals revolted against Mr.Jones and all other care–takers and ousted them from the farm. They all had a meeting and under the leadership of the pigs laid down the ‘Seven Commandments’ the seventh one being the one motioned above. All was well in the beginning as every animal strictly aderhed to these ‘Seven Commandments’ and the farm was run on egalitarian principles in course of time the pigs themselves become corrupted by power and they established a new tyranny under their leader Napoleon. Gradually jealousy deceit, greed for power, corruption, ruination crept into the lives of the pigs who gradually betrayed the ‘Seven Commandments’. They violated them from time to time and even changed these commandments to Justify and suit their wrong doings. Things got worse on the farm and the other animals wondered if their days were better then during the time of Mr.Jones or now under the leadership of the pigs. Soon they saw the pigs walk on hind legs all carrying whips in their trotters supervising the work of other animals and chiding them if they did not rise to their (the pigs) expectations. The pigs bought themselves a wireless set, contributed to news papers like the ‘Daily Mirror’ educated themselves while the other animals toiled on the farm and slept on cold straw beds hungry, while all the time the pigs ate, made merry drank, sang and slept on beds with sheets Seeing and sensing the deteriorating situation the sheep began to sing ‘Four legs good two legs better!. All the animals in shocked silence went to read the wall on which the ‘Seven Commandments’ were written and to their dismay they saw that their was nothing there now except a single Commandment ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than the others. After this they did not feel strange at all at the treatment meeted out to them by the pigs headed by Napoleon.