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  • In the Abattoir

    I believe that the place where an animal dies is a sacred one.
    The ritual could be something very simple, such as a moment of silence.
    No words, just one pure moment of silence.
    - Temple Grandin



    Temple remembers going through life
    As an autistic person
    Feeling anxious and threatened by unfamiliar surrounds
    Not unlike a cow’s perception in the handling chute

    *
    At a meat processing plant
    A black cow casually saunters down a walkway
    Steps into a squeeze chute
    Where the metal hugging cage calms the cow
    On its sides
    Then it is stunned with a CASH Knocker shot
    Hung up by its feet
    Sliced open while 5 gallons of blood gush out
    Then skin and hide removed
    Cut apart with a chain saw

    *
    In New Zealand
    Beatle Tarrant
    A home-kill specialist
    Goes from farm to farm
    To slaughter, skin, gut and quarter animals
    For a living
    Wielding a .22 caliber rifle
    Knife and chain saw

    *
    Elsewhere city folk
    Enjoy their free range steak
    And rarely think of the chain of events
    That brought the meat
    To their table
    The cutting and dismemberment
    Blood spatter
    Is a religion of ritual carried out
    With precision
    Last edited by Tanner; 04-14-2017, 02:22 PM.

  • #2
    The image made me shutter! I have heard of native hunters that do not take the kill for granted but rather hold the sacrifice with deep appreciation and in high esteem.

    Nicely done

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