Why do the animals of Animal Farm want to keep the news of starvation a secret? What do they do to keep it that way?

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Starvation loomed for the animals in Chapter VII of Animal Farm. In addition to the destruction of the windmill, the bitter winter included much sleet and snow. The animals were afraid that if the humans discovered how weak they were, that they might try to retake the farm again by force. So, they decided to take advantage of their only human contact, Mr. Whymper. Animals would "remark casually that rations had been increased." The store-shed bins were filled with sand and then feed was placed on top, making them appear to be well stocked. When Whymper saw them, he reported to the humans that the animals were thriving.  

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Starvation loomed for the animals in Chapter VII of Animal Farm. In addition to the destruction of the windmill, the bitter winter included much sleet and snow. The animals were afraid that if the humans discovered how weak they were, that they might try to retake the farm again by force. So, they decided to take advantage of their only human contact, Mr. Whymper. Animals would "remark casually that rations had been increased." The store-shed bins were filled with sand and then feed was placed on top, making them appear to be well stocked. When Whymper saw them, he reported to the humans that the animals were thriving.  

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