Monday, February 2, 2009

Screamin' Chicken

I could be quite happily carnivorous. Don't get me wrong, I love my vegies, but I've obviously got some genes throwing back to my caveman ancestors. Give me meat!

And I feel entitled to eat meat because I've seen firsthand what it takes for us to have meat. I've seen chickens running about headless; sheep slaughtered; I've watched the men scrub down a pork carcase with boiling water to get the bristles off; and if you haven't ever seen a 'bush kill' of a steer, you're missing out - it's amazing the way they skin the beast and lay the hide flat to get a 'clean' working space in the dusty yards.
I don't think I'd be too keen to be the one doing any of the shooting or plucking, and I wouldn't have the physical strength for the butchering of a beast three times my size, but I get what's involved.

Okay, so I do have a soft spot for animals I've got to know. I don't think I could actually slaughter some critter that was looking at me with soft, dark eyes. I guess it would depend how hungry I was, and if there was anyone else to do it for me.

It's their faces. Eyes looking at you. The expression on their little faces. That's why I was a trifle put off when I went to carve tonight's roast chicken:

Yep, this chicken obviously died while being roasted alive.
Chance that I didn't eat him afterall?
... Approximately None (but my Beloved believes I'm insane because I insisted on photographing our dinner!)
By the way, it was very tender and yummy.


Femina said...

You could have called it Jesus and sold it on eBay for a FORTUNE!

Kitty and Glen said...

I was just about to say that! It looks like something out of a horror movie.

Dee from Downunder said...

looks like that painting "the Scream"

Hippomanic Jen said...

Femina, I was very relieved to see that people who had viewed the site could see the screaming face so that it wasn't just me. (Yes, Dee - it reminded me of that painting, too). However, although I've never seen Jesus in the flesh, I don't imagine him looking like this.

So there you go, there are people with more imagination than I have. I didn't think it was possible.

Loved the eBay idea, but was too hungry to consider it at the time (it was all I could do to make myself get the camera).

Femina said...

I don't know what Jesus looks like either... but on eBay, does that matter??