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  •  Reminds me of this Shia Muslim -- (3+ / 0-)
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    -- in Mumbai with whom I had a heated discussion: herbivore (me) vs carnivore (he). He said that the killing of prey was part of the natural order of things. Primitive humans did it instinctively, we just get to do it with a little more thought.

    Ah, but you don't do the killing yourself, I riposted cleverly. Nothing instinctive about buying packaged cuts of meat.

    Ah, but I do, when it's part of the tradition, he said.

    And damn me if he didn't do it the very next day, as part of Bakri Id, a very important Muslim religious holiday. And much to my reluctance, he insisted that I watch. His family had tended that goat in their backyard for most of the year, and the children had played with it. But they too were there, watching solemnly as my friend stroked the goat to calm it down, said a few Urdu words (which turned out to be a ritual 'thank you' to the goat), actually nuzzled it and kissed its forehead - and then made a quick cut through its carotid artery and windpipe. It must have been unconscious not more than 10 seconds later, and dead soon after.

    That was a good death
    , he said. It wasn't factory farming and assembly-line slaughterhouse brutalities.

    Lay off the footwork and throw a punch! ~ Joe Bageant

    by gotgat54 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 03:28:44 PM PST

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