Paul sits down once again to finish up the review of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or paradise, this time with special guest Dr. Julia and the usual suspects (Katie, Opalyn, Mark), along with some on rocket oven maintenance and the upcoming RMHJamboree.
“I believe the human being has always been a hunter and gatherer, and has always killed and eaten animals. This still holds true, and I have nothing against it. It’s my responsibility to offer the animal the best possible life though. It should be able to live in a natural environment and to procreate. When I kill an animal, I must make sure that it does not feel stress or fear. Death itself does not hurt – only the fear of death does. How does modern slaughtering work? Animals are transported over long distances, crowded in confined spaces, and when they arrive at the slaughterhouse they can smell blood, fear, and death, nevermind hear the screaming of the other animals. Just look them in the eyes, and you know what fear of death is. This is unnecessary and unacceptable. Humane butchering happens locally, where the animal has lived, without the need for transportation. An animal is best killed by the human it feels most close to. Because of the close contact I maintain with my animals, I often have a sense when an animal is ready to die. When the time has come, I call the pig or sheep the same way I always used to, stroke it and talk to it, until it’s fully relaxed, then I use a captive bolt pistol to kill it swiftly. The animal will die instantly and not feel any pain.” Julia relays a tale of sort of the inverse of this – when she was a grad student, she went to a university abattoir that’s used to train inspectors and experienced what a slaughterhouse is supposed to be – quick, clean, and efficient, with the only negative emotion the animal experiencing being confusion. Still not a pleasant experience, but a far sight away from commercial endeavors.
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