1. Biskit
    December 6, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

    I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to several matanzas, it’s always a great day. The men will gather at a local bar at 8 am for a coffee and anis, before setting off for the slaughter. On the morning of the slaighter the head of the family goes from being his usual bold and brash self to more quiet and reserved. He told me that he worries that something could go wrong and his precious pig could suffer in some way. It never has. I’ve never heard a pig make any noise, which I’m glad about. It’s usually a very calm and quiet affair which is over in seconds. Then the work starts, the family all know their roles and get cracking with great efficiency. Everybody enjoys the day and there’s lots of laughs and banter. When the work’s done we eat, drink and laugh into the early hours. As you leave you’re presented with various products that the team have made during the day. I love it.


  2. Carole Griffiths
    December 6, 2015 @ 10:03 pm

    The “array of teeth we have” are not designed for eating animals, which is why we cook the animal and use knives and forks. The teeth we have labelled canines are not capable of piercing the skin of a live, uncooked pig. Our slightly pointy canine teeth are for holding on to food while biting into it.
    We are by design herbivores but have chosen to be omnivores. Eating animal products is detrimental to human health, damaging the environment and is a death sentence to the animals regardless of the method of execution.


    • Alan Gandy
      December 7, 2015 @ 11:14 am

      “As far back as it can be traced, clearly the archaeological record indicates an omnivorous diet for humans that included meat. Our ancestry is among the hunter/gatherers from the beginning. Once domestication of food sources began, it included both animals and plants.”

      A million and one opinions one way or the other. Including among vegetarians it would seem…


  3. Carole Griffiths
    December 7, 2015 @ 8:28 pm


    • Elle Draper Elle Draper
      December 8, 2015 @ 10:30 am

      Your link does not confirm a definitive direct link to concer in humans. It does say, ” ‘This is the first time we have directly shown that mimicking the exact situation in humans increases spontaneous cancers in mice,’ said Dr Ajit Varki, Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California. ‘The final proof in humans will be much harder to come by.’ It also adds, “moderate amounts of red meat can be a source of good nutrition for young people.”

      Also from the Telegraph is an article suggesting we shouldn’t eat dairy: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthyeating/10868428/Give-up-dairy-products-to-beat-cancer.html – if it’s not one thing it’s another.

      There is a brand new cancer scare every month. Over the years, tomatoes, bracken, dairy products and even almond milk have come under the spotlight. Anyone can Google and find a link between cancer and a particular foodstuff. And as we know, even the sun can cause cancer – yet that is probably the only completely natural and unadulterated factors known to man (simply because we havent got our mucky paws on it).

      As with most things, moderation (as confirmed by the link you chose to share) is key. A little red wine can be good for you but obviously in excess can have the opposite effect.


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