To kill a pig

About this: No I’m not a vegetarian and when I wrote this I finished late and forgot about supper, unfortunate really, because I only had bacon in the fridge.


Pith is a verb in the parlance of vets and the slaughtering trade, as far as I know it pertains only to an animals brain. it’s the practice of killing an animal by liquefying that organ, usually with a device like a captive bolt or occasionally a bullet from a firearm. It’s a practice that is largely deprecated since concerns over BSE have become prominent, although I believe it’s a technique still used in the US. European practice is to bleed an animal and it’s suspected that legislation regulating slaughter and the preparation of animal carcasses has been formed in deference to biblical tradition, since they’re don’t necessarily coincide with the optimum requirements for hygiene.

To kill a pig

To kill a pig, practice is to let blood
Or smite head with hammer, take careful aim
With a single blow it should pith the brain
Be swift and they wont even hear that thud
Mmm that succulent tender flesh so beloved
By epicure who might move to disdain
Some lesser creature you killed in vain
Though not a cow relieved from chewing cud
In scalding brine steeped to depiliate
And filed in row upon a sharp hook hung
Run through their heels as they desanguinate
While restless iron blades eviscerate
Clear trunks of offal, heads of lolling tongue
It’s meat the public does appreciate

~ by deadspidereye on November 8, 2013.

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