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    Anyone out there porkless Primal?

    So this may go against the grain a bit, especially since Primal and pork (specifically, bacon) go hand and hand. I'm trying to go pork-free permanently, and while it isn't necessarily hard, it also isn't as easy as I'd like.

    Growing up on a small poultry farm, I did a lot of chicken butchering as a teen (sounds really creepy...). I greatly respect chickens/turkeys, and always enjoyed raising them. That being said, it was never difficult to butcher chickens because I can honestly say the birds are quite dumb.

    My friends would have me help with slaughtering their swine after the County fair, and let me tell you that it is an incredibly difficult affair. These were small, ma-and-pa operations that raised the pigs ethically and the pigs had pretty great lives. They sold the meat in co-ops, and people like the fine folks here would pay a premium for the product. Even in these conditions, the butchering is pretty horrifying. You really can't kill a pig ethically, primarily because it needs to be bled out. Interestingly, some places will inject the pigs with sedatives before slaughter to be humane, but that ruins the organic aspect. I'm not trying to sound soft-hearted, but I think most consumers are separated from the process and the animals.

    It just seems strange to me that because eating pork is so normal (and let's be honest, it's delicious), we overlook the fact that domestic swine are a very evolutionary advanced species. On top of that, the physiological similarities to humans also makes it strange. If a pig-heart can last longer in a human than another human's/chimp heart, what does that say? As a western culture we abhore eating dogs/cats for their symbiotic relationship with us, and apes/dolphins for their intelligence.

    Anyways, sorry for the long/rambling post with no clear purpose, but does has anyone else drawn the line on eating pork (besides 1/2 the world who does so through religion)?

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    Nah, I'm with the other 1/2 of the world .

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    My husband and I rarely eat pork except for bacon and certain kinds of sausage, but that's because neither of us care for the taste of pork. While pigs are a decent human stand in in many cases, anatomically; I've never drawn a line on what I'll eat, so long as I didn't personally know the animal. Anything, when prepared correctly, is fair game. Were it legal and not compounded by other murky ethics, I'd gladly eat the still beating heart of my enemy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naiadknight View Post
    My husband and I rarely eat pork except for bacon and certain kinds of sausage, but that's because neither of us care for the taste of pork. While pigs are a decent human stand in in many cases, anatomically; I've never drawn a line on what I'll eat, so long as I didn't personally know the animal. Anything, when prepared correctly, is fair game. Were it legal and not compounded by other murky ethics, I'd gladly eat the still beating heart of my enemy.
    So, if cooked to be tasty you'd eat a stranger's golden retriever? Sounds pretty brave, but I don't buy it. Even as a hunter and an ex-farm kid, I think the world would have a lot more vegetarians if everyone had to kill their own food with a knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickson View Post
    I think the world would have a lot more vegetarians if everyone had to kill their own food with a knife.
    What about if everyone had to kill their own food with a spear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    What about if everyone had to kill their own food with a spear?
    I think a pillow would be the best challenge. Smother that pig! Then see if you have the stomach to eat it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
    I think a pillow would be the best challenge. Smother that pig! Then see if you have the stomach to eat it!
    If it survives the pillow, can we use...

    A comfy chair?

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    Nope. Pastured Heritage Breed (Berkshire and Large Black) pork are my favourites (especially the belly).
    Last edited by Metric; 04-11-2013 at 09:55 AM.

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    For the most part, I am. I actually like the taste of pork, but have read and been told by my doctor that pigs and humans are so similar genetically that our bodies react to pork similar to cannibalism. And then having been told that cannibalistic societies refer to humans as "long pork"...well, let's just say I've got a mental block on it now. Maybe there is something to all these cultures that have long considered pork "unclean".
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    If I knew it to be safe food, yes, I'd try a bite. After eating venison liver from a deer killed earlier that morning, my only line is that I know the meat to be clean. (One reason I refuse to eat squirrel.)
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