A sad story about an animal auction.

4 Apr

“Livestock” animal charity auction in Houston [TW?]

TW if you’re the kind of person who is really, truly upset by even hearing about animal slaughter.

I thought this was an especially sad and weird article:

After school and basketball practice, Mr. Leach would look after Kipper, massaging his legs and brushing a lotion on the bottom of his cloven hooves to help his sore feet. Out of the 2,526 barrows at the Houston event, the judges declared Kipper the 2012 grand champion, making him the star of the swine auction. Mr. Leach is still trying to get his head around it: His pig will put him through college.

Awww, that’s really sweet!  Appreciating animals usually thought of as chattel as creatures just like dogs and cats (and rats, can’t forget about my sweet rat babies.)  It sounds like the kid formed a real bond with the pig.

Inevitably, the auctions turn out better for the animals’ owners than for the animals themselves. Three days after the auction, Kipper was put in a trailer and driven to a meat science laboratory at Texas A & M University, where he was slaughtered and placed in a cooler. Once his drug test results come in, Kipper will be butchered, boxed and, along with 66 other top-ranking barrows, donated to charity. The four couples who bought Kipper will each receive a 54-pound gourmet pork package.

Oh.  Never mind about that, then.  Did nobody at the auction find this a little creepy?

Also: “meat science”?  Texas A&M, what are you doing?

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2 Responses to “A sad story about an animal auction.”

  1. LookingForTheOx 5 April 2012 at 6:39 AM #

    It may be recalled that in an episode of KOH, Bobby actually demonstrates his meat prowess by competing in an institutionally sanctioned “meat” meet. People actually do study this, especially in this neck of the woods. And yes, it IS creepy. =(
    Aside: I wonder if people go as crazy over their prize vegetables anywhere… Vegetable science? Pumpkins perhaps?

    • howbrittlethebones 5 April 2012 at 11:46 AM #

      I don’t remember that episode! I’ll have to see if I can dig it up on Netflix. I would be willing to bet King of the Hill takes a rather dim view on the whole thing. But I think there are actually massive vegetable competitions! People grow massive pumpkins around Halloween–or maybe I’m just thinking of Charlie Brown, haha. But it is now my mission to start a vegetable science department 😛

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