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How to Slaughter a Pig

Slaughtering a Pig is an in depth process. A number of steps must be taken before the knife is even picked up.

In killing a pig you are ending the life of a another sentient creature, and this is no light matter. Firstly, to insure that the act of killing does not leave you too upset in the long term you must think about what you are about to do, and why. Here are some suggestions to make sure you are perfectly clear about the act of slaughtering a pig, whether it is for business, a festival, or “sacrifice”.

  1. Look at the pig’s eyes.  Note that the pig is a living, breathing animal whose experience of the world is not that different to yours. This is a type of sacred acknowledgment of the animal’s life.
  2. Contemplate what you have in common with this pig. For instance, both of you live the same physical existene and experience the world im similar ways. If fact, human beings often treat each other in ways similar to how you treat this pig. You are both equally fragile, and vulnerable to the same type of horrible suffering and death. You have the basically same nervous system, heart and brain. While most of us don’t know much about the soul, many religious contend that animals and humans have equal souls. Such philosophy is found in Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.
  3. Remember that this pig also had or has family, just as you have family. Just because we never hear pigs tell each other how much they love each other doesn’t mean a bond doesn’t exist. So in separating the pig from his fellows, emotional pain is added to physical pain.
  4. Picking up the stun gun, visualize what you are about to do to the pig is done to you. It’s only fair that you understand the feelings that you are going to cause. At this same time, think of how much money this pig is worth as flesh. Is it worth it? Think of all the pigs you have killed. Imagine that each one was yourself, killed by a hypothetical larger, smarter species, with the same knife.
  5. Lastly, as you hold the knife near the pig’s throat, to make the final terrible tear, and spill the pig’s blood, which looks just like yours, remember that at any time you could change your job. There is no heavenly decree that you must produce pig meat for a living. In fact many facts about the dangers of flesh eating to our health and environment are arising all the time. International leaders are starting to encourage us to reconsider our diets. Are there other things you could do? More creative? More peaceful? More fitting someone who wishes peace and happiness upon others? There is a growing demand for clean, organic vegetables and fruits.

Why are you killing this pig, and why do you think you must do it. There is no must in this world… only cowardice and weakness.

I think you get the picture. Don’t kill the pig. Eat a plant based diet, and live longer and happily.

Here are some resources you will surely find convincing:

And finally, the past has created the present, but the present is creating the future. Be creative and bold in your visions of tomorrow! Anything is possible. God bless.

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  1. It’s better to stun the pig before cutting into it. If you can’t convince people not to kill them, al least try to give them information that might make the process less barbaric.

  2. Good article, well done.
    I killed two pigs last week. I had hand raised them on my property, and they were about 6 months old.I am giving away half the meat to people who can use it, mainly those with the same income issues as I have. Its a lot of protein in a small package.

    I had, believe it or not, read your article a few weeks ago.What occured to me during the act of killing, or murdering if you prefer,was that we were in fact treating the poor guys like fellow beings. Fellow beings about to be killed for sure, but there was nothing light hearted about it. That doesn’t help them of course, they have the very unenviable position of being the killed, and not the killers.

    There is a certain element of respectfulness at our table, and I think, to be perfectly honest, that half of my children will most likely end up vegetarian like their mother.THe other two will probably not,as it seems that meat satisfies something physical/chemical within them at this time.

    At least all my children will be able to take an informed position. They won’t think pork comes from ‘the supermarket’.

    I applaud your article, and I agree with your sentiments, but the pork that is eaten around the world by the people who have raised it and killed it, cut it and cooked it, is surely not the pork you should be worried about. It is that muck they call meat that is sold reprocessed and repackaged to look like generic foodstuff…surely those are the pigs we should be trying to protect, the holocaust pigs.

    My poor fat pig put his head in a bucket of beer, and then it was over.

    Thanks again, anyway. I’ll show your article to my kids.

  3. K, I think it’s commendable that you think about your food, and take personal responsibility for raising and yes, killing. Although I don’t agree in principle, I do recognize the importance of awareness as being a precursor to change. Knowing the facts allows us to make decisions that reflect our innate humanity.

    I can only respect you for being aware, but at the same time encourage you to reconsider the importance of animal protein. Surely, the like of beans, chick peas, peas, lentils, as well as wheat, potato and nuts, all provide much cheaper and healthier protein packages. The amount of protein in a serving of chick peas is similar to, that found in most flesh, including from a pig. But it contains more nutrients, calcium, iron, in forms that protect against disease, rather than create it. Take a look at http://pcrm.org/health/prevmed/ – an open person like yourself.

    Thanks again.

  4. stupid article,worthless,
    atleast the emotive language should be used in a wise manner to create the feeling.and the topic is irrelevent if you want to encourage for not killing the pig.

  5. ads said:

    stupid article,worthless,
    atleast the emotive language should be used in a wise manner to create the feeling.and the topic is irrelevent if you want to encourage for not killing the pig.

    really? Actually I’m at a bit of a loss regarding how to encourage people to not kill pigs. Pigs are beautiful, friendly and intelligent creatures. Just don’t touch them with anything other than a loving hand. K?

    yousef said:

    Very true, i’m through with meat. You just dont need it..

    good for you Yousef God bless:)

  6. I respect how you feel, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating meat. God specifically gave us permission to kill and to eat animals. I think if we treat the animals well when they are alive and kill them humanely there is nothing sinful about the act of consuming meat. Would you condemn a lion for eating an antelope?

    While I agree that all life is sacred and should only be ended with great care and thought, I also think you need be cautious not to anthropomorphize animals. Animals are not human. I do not believe they have free-will as we do. They are constrained by their instincts and urges. Being animals ourselves, we also have certain instincts and urges, but we are able to question the morality of those instincts and act against them. Which is exactly what you are doing by deciding not to eat something our bodies are designed to eat (meat). You should also feel very blessed to live in a time and place where you are able to make that decision.

    I respect your decision not to eat meat, I just don’t think you should condemn others for their choices. I praise the man that raises his own animals to slaughter for their meat, and not only that but he shares the fruits of his labors with his neighbors. I wish more people would live this way. I think trying to convince more people to live this way is the first step to doing away with the giant meat farms and slaughter houses, as well as the first step to convincing people to stop eating meat (which is your goal). By taking the lives of your own animals in your hands, I think a greater respect is earned for that life and your food, and I’m sure more people who followed through with this would not eat meat or would eat less of it.

    This article may make someone decide not to raise and slaughter their own animals, but I highly doubt it convinces anyone not to eat meat who has not already made that decision. Therefore, I feel that this article is likely to do more harm than good in your crusade against eating meat.

    (These are things I just want you to consider. I hope I have not made you defensive, and that you will think about this. Have a good day & God bless you as well.)

  7. Never kill a animal unless it is harming you anyway.Animals are poor creatures and the most unfortunate thing is that they cannot speak.To kill such innocent creatures will give you what kind of joy?What harm does a pig do to you?Can you imagine the fright if someone holds a knife on your neck?You can atleast scream for help.The pig cannot run also because of legs tied.Slaughtering is really bad.I advise all to it Vegetarian food and be healthy.

  8. Interesting article. I’m raising pigs for food, and the article doesn’t change that. It has helped me change how I’ll kill the pigs, from a industrial process to one done with respect & care. My pigs receive personal care, good living conditions, good food, some freedom to be pigs & root & explore while they are alive and perhaps even love (& certainly respect). They do bring me joy, as will the next group. While I am ending their lives, the only reason they have a life in the first place is that someone (in this case me) wishes to raise them. This is one thing I think some vegitarian animal lovers forget – without meat there would be no animal in the first place (at least for pigs, non-diary goats & sheep breeds, and so on)

    • Hi John, thanks for taking the time. Thanks for being a conscientious producer as well. The piont of the article was just that – to get people who find themselves treating animals mechanichally to think about their actions.

      Your last point strikes me as a mental abstraction, an excuse you’ve made for yourself out of convenience, one I’m sure is repeated more often when the time to kill comes around. Pardon me, just my feeling.

      Yes, we definately would not breed so many animals without our desire for meat. Seeing as we can live without meat, the abuse of animals and the wastage of resources to grow them is thus criminal!

      I love animals because they are alive. Just because we breed thewm doesn’t mean we *create* them, undoubtedly they are subject to the same mystery of existence and consciousness as we are.

      Thanks again for offering love to the animals. I hope you continue to examine your relationship with them.