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12 August 2003 @ 10:28 am
Funeral rites for pets  
This is the most comments I've ever seen on an LJ post. If this really happened, I really don't see any moral problems with it, although eating your deceased pet definitely isn't "normal" American behavior. What do you think? Deranged, amoral, or just unusual? If you believe ritually preparing dinner out of a deceased pet is morally wrong, please explain to me why that is so.
Kynatrilliumgrl on August 12th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of comments.

As for if it's immoral I don't think eating your dead relatives and/or enemies, as is fairly common (in among other places) among New Guinea tribesmen, is morally wrong. Perhaps I'm not the person to try and explain this? ;)
Mahh p'tchaaprincessgeek on August 12th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC)
I unknowingly ate Mildred (pet cow). But I am guessing that is OK because cows arent soft and fluffy. I don't really think its that big of a deal.
It would kind of gross me out to eat my beloved pet I think but hey different strokes.

Because it's so absurd, I'd guess that post is a fake. Also, I know of someone who ate the placenta after their baby was born. Ew. I mean cats & dogs do it but, yuk!
Lady Doomlithera on August 12th, 2003 10:54 am (UTC)
I've eaten a pet before. Okay, so Cinnamon was a pig and the meanest pig that had ever lived, but still...

It's a little strange and I don't think I would do it but I don't specifically have anything against it.
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11: insightfulpullthestars on August 12th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
The post was a test, apparently, by the author. Interesting thought regardless.

I'd have a difficult time eating a pet, though it would ultimately depend on what sort of animal it was. Cat? heck no. not enough meat to work with. Cow? well, it's a *cow*. them's for the eating.

I guess it's to each their own. I couldn't, only because of my emotional attachment. I get teary-eyed watching "Animal Precinct" on Animal Planet. Cutting up and cooking my pet would not work for me.
Fireball of 3fireballof3 on August 12th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
Holy fuck.


That's just . . . CRAZY!
TW Bruhn: Ricehat Ninjaapestyle on August 12th, 2003 03:16 pm (UTC)
My immediate emotional reaction was, "Ew." Upon further thought I would say that forming an emotional bond to an animal then consuming it would cause a cognitive dissonance. I would also balk at eating a human, esp. one that I enjoyed having around.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on August 12th, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. It seems to me that cognitive dissonance would only occur if you believe that there is something wrong with eating the flesh of something with which you share an emotinal bond.

Personally, I don't have that belief. Probably too much Heinlein as a child.
TW Bruhnapestyle on August 12th, 2003 06:31 pm (UTC)

On a very logical bent, it would probably be a bad idea to eat a pet that died of old age. Those carcinomas can't taste all that good.
Her Holiness the Rev. Holly Z, KSCsharkcowsheep on August 12th, 2003 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for saying that. Of COURSE I read it while I'm eating dinner...
TW Bruhnapestyle on August 12th, 2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, what are you doing reading this particular thread during dinner anyway? Now where's George...
GryMorgrymor on August 12th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a fine idea to me, but then, I'd be for the eating of humans I liked if it wasn't for the disease problems. At least for a rabbit it doesn't twinge anything, for a cat it twinges a little bit, and for a dog I feel like I'm going to be sick, but then I don't care much for dogs.
eggiebert on September 27th, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
God people are weird
I think that whole thing was people using the author as a scapegoat. Weird shit happens all the time, and sometimes we just need to blame somebody for it. Goodness forbid that we blame ourselves for our weird shit, but what do I know?

I mean, animals die every day. Every day. Why choose to make some kind of ruckus over one little furry rat? I just wonder what the hell people are doing with their time.

I wonder if any of those people who posted have "lucky" rabbits feet?

I also think people are pretty convinced that there is only one way to do something: Their Way. I find I have the same affliction at times. But I sure wouldn't waste my time on someones rabbit. My aunt used to keep a rabbitry of show bunnies. A couple summers I stayed with her and I'd have to help her kill rabbits who were sick or deformed, babys who's mom's had died. I could only hope that people would try to realize it's not worth their time to run their life, and everybody elses, too!</u>