How dirty is pig compared to other meats?
Posted 23 December 2010 - 01:33 PM
Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:02 PM
Posted 23 December 2010 - 04:16 PM
I would hesitate to use the word "dirty" to describe the nature of pigs. The reputation given to pigs for their uncleanliness is undeserved because most of it results from humans placing them in small pens and typically adjacent to other pigpens. Pigs are highly intelligent and naturally clean. They are the only livestock that can control their urination and defecation, and some people keep miniature pigs as housebroken pets.
Pigs will naturally use the coolest and darkest part of their area as their "toilet" and, if given enough space, will spend the rest of their time away from it, typically in the warm, sunny part of their area where they can eat, sleep and explore. Pigs are territorial, and they will mark the edges of their territory (ie, pens) with dung if they know there's other pigs nearby. Farmers put pigs in firmly-walled "pens" as compared to corrals, paddocks and pastures, because pigs enjoy digging and rooting around, and they would easily escape from corrals etc.
Many pigs don't have much of what could be called fur or hair and they lack sweat glands, so they resort to methods to help warm and cool themselves, typically lying in the sun or the shade. Pigs can get sunburned. They should have a shelter for relief from the hot sun and inclement weather. They enjoy wallowing in water and mud as many livestock do, but more so, and they also enjoy getting watered down in hot weather.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:07 PM
Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:37 PM
the amount of bacteria in pork would be the same as in any other meat product, but the key difference is the type of bacteria. especially the potential of those types to infect humans.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:14 PM
Posted 24 December 2010 - 04:19 PM
Edited by rigney, 24 December 2010 - 04:21 PM.
Posted 24 December 2010 - 06:51 PM
Whenever I have been driving in the country, I have always noticed that the people seem to look like the animals they raise: pig-faced farmers raise pigs, the sheep-faced have sheep, and horse-headed folk have cattle ranches. Is this just the power of suggestion or is there something else going on here?
Posted 24 December 2010 - 07:19 PM
Although there may have been some medical logic to forbidding the consumption of pig meat in Judaism and Islam, some have argued that eating pigs seems too close to cannibalism -- given the similarity between pig faces and some human faces, as well as between the image of a pig and an overweight, naked human -- so the revulsion at eating our own species was transferred to pigs as well.
I don't know about that, but supposedly human flesh also tastes a lot like pork, to the point where there are a couple of documented cases of murderous butchers selling it as such and getting away with it for a while. (Other accounts claim it is similar to veal.)
Posted 25 December 2010 - 05:10 PM
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