Decky wrote:Sure it's cruel they are intelligent animals (just like pigs). How is it any different than having a bacon sandwich? As for unusual what kind of argument is that? Eating black pudding unusual by international standards it does not mean there is anything wrong with it.
It was a paraphrase of the US Constitution -- cruel and unusual punishments -- originally referred to British drawing and quartering.
I suppose it is easier to justify eating pork or beef because pigs and steers are such ugly creatures, unlike horses, ponies, dogs and cats -- which are quite beautiful.
I get that pigs are smart, but they are annoying pets because the root holes everywhere they can. So as pets I doubt they will ever be popular.
On a farm pigs are omnivores and so it is good to own a couple of breeding pairs, and then slaughter the offspring for their meat. Same is true of goats and sheep as well.
No one in the West (Europe and America) would slaughter dogs and cats however. These creatures are beautiful and smart.