|Quoting A332DTW (Reply 38):|
I can't fathom eating meat from an animal as filthy as the pig. I know that Islam forbids it and I understand why it would.
Do you though?
...there's a much more sinister hypothesized-reason that so many ancient cultures forbade consumption of pork, and it has nothing to do with disease or parasitology, which they knew nothing of.
Guess what meat is most similar to human flesh, arguably even more so than the apes? Hogflesh.
So similar in fact, that it's why we're able to grow transplantable organs (and insulin) within pigs.
Similar texture, similar smell when burned (ask any EMT), and allegedly: similar taste.
Ancient cultures knew it well, and were terrified that people would turn to cannibalism in times of lean, if they were accustomed to the taste of pork. All the secondary excuses (lack of rumination, etc) were just offshoots of that base idea.
|Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 46):|
What I find interesting is that pigs are one of the few animals that we eat who will not crap where they find and eat there food,
That's not true at all.
Perhaps domestic pigs, but anyone who's had to deal with feral hogs/boars knows that they'll piss/crap all over their food and even water supply... if for nothing than to turn other animals off of it.
God help anyone with a barn/larder that they raid, you'll have pig feces all over it.