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Pigs, People And Pigoons

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Human flesh tastes like pork, hence the term ‘long pig’ for human meat cuts, the ‘long’ denoting the difference between the limb lengths of pig and human. Although there are few ‘first hand’ accounts of the flavor of human flesh, its similarity in texture and taste to that of pork seems generally agreed. This is not surprising given the anatomical and physiological congruences. Although anatomically, physiologically, psychologically and even socially, we ‘share’ so much with pigs, we raise them in increasingly appalling conditions for the purpose of killing them and experimenting on them so that, whether by ingestion or by surgery, we can take them into our fleshly substance. To facilitate the acceptance of pig organs by human bodies, some human genes have been introduced into those of pigs. The result, the pigoon, has acquired a degree of human-like intelligence, and the human desire to hunt prey.

Keywords: human flesh; human genes; pigoon; pigs

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