You Know a Holiday is Coming Up When You Hear the Pigs Squeal

One of the unique traditions in Hawaii is that many people raise their own thanksgiving dinners.

Obviously someone in my neighborhood is having Kalua Pig, as I hear a captured pig screaming for its dear life somewhere in the neighborhood.

I remember the first time I watched my uncle gut a pig over on Kauai back in 1977!  Still to this day I remember the images.

Now when we gut pigs, it just seems like a natural thing to do.

This Thanksgiving, I’m actually going to do the Turkey!  I’m excited, yet a bit nervous.

I’ve decided I’ll try and brine the bird, since I’ve heard so much about it being done and I really don’t have a big audience to worry about whether it succeeds or fails.

I’m trying to think what is more ruthless?  Chopping the head off of a live turkey or killing a pig?

I’m so glad I wasn’t raised a vegetarian.  While I think they are for the most part strong willed people to stick to their beliefs in avoiding meat… I really feel sorry for them when it comes to these holidays where meats are such a predominant part of the meal.

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  1. I have watched or helped slaughter sheep, cow, deer, elk, chicken, duck, rabbit and goose, but never pig. Not sure what that squeal sounds like, but trying to imagine it has me laughing rather loudly at my computer. I suppose I will now have to go and explain the laughter to my wife…

    Damon – It’s not a pleasant sound. It’s a very high pitch. Something like a cross between someone taking their fingers down a chalkboard and a baby crying!

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