In Old Testament times, the Jews regarded pigs as 'unclean', and refused to eat them. Why should this have been? My theory is that a pig is an animal of similar size to a human being, and of similar dietary requirements. Consequently, parasites which infest its guts might well find themselves quite at home in ours. Now, in those times, meat was very often cooked and eaten in less than ideal conditions, so that parasites, or their eggs, might be swallowed while still viable, and proceed to set up home. Bad news, but not a problem now.
It's also the case that, because they are so similar in appearance and smell to out own, we tend to find the faeces of pigs much more repellant than those of horses, cattle or sheep. To adapt a trope from Jungian psychology, the pig is our physical Shadow, just as the monkey is our sexual Shadow. We react with revulsion, as is natural; but in neither case should we react with hysteria.
Pigs are the cleaness animals.They have the same gastro-intestinal tract as the human being - they can also give their hearts. I have already posted about the Jewish Man who had a pig heart transplant. They were considered not fit to eat by Jewish People because as you know when pork is not fresh and eaten it causes great sickness and in those days there was no refrigeration.. Regarding their faeces - I can tell you it smells far far sweeter then human faeces. They are also very intelligent.
|4 years ago. Rating: 7|
Daisy is correct but I have read many health articles and otherwise stating just what you have written about pigs Umbriel. I don't eat meat... I can't eat anything that blinks. Pigs are as smart as dogs. I look at pigs and I look at my boogely eyed blinking dogs... too creepy to think about.
|3 years ago. Rating: 6|
Well from my point of view and personal experience pigs, housed correctly, are very clean animals.
They go to the one area to defecate so keeping their main area clean.
The fact that a lot of farmers chose to and still choose to keep their pigs in unclean enviroments is not the pigs fault.
This cruelty as for as I am concerned probably stemmed fron the biblical "unclean" nonsense.
As for not fully cooked being dangerious so is chicken and what about fish, shell fish even game should be cooked in full.
|4 years ago. Rating: 6|
Think about the people back then. Unhealthy , unclean, average lifespan about 45. Didnt know much about meat safety and cooking. Back then there was superstitious nonsense about alot of things. Some of that nonsense still pervails today in some religions about pork. Thats their problem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with pork meat.
|4 years ago. Rating: 6|