Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ketchum Manufacturing Inc.

It is by now a truism that happy livestock enjoy being sacrificed for your pleasure. So widely recognized and acknowledged, so extensively documented that it hardly bears repeating. What is news to us, however, is that livestock are so enamored of the entire birth-to-plate process. Everything about it gives them delight. In other words, it's not just the dying that they love; it's the very fact of their subjugation!

Now we can understand what's going on in these images from Ketchum Manufacturing Inc. For in them we see the joy of the enslaved, for whom slavery is not merely the water they swim in, so to speak, but the very staff of life.

It's all here. Before this sow's identification as consumable property, she is apprehensive. After receiving a firm smack with the sow body identification system—the "slap tattooer," a happy device sporting rows of spikes—she is relieved. Her identity as a specific, specified object has been confirmed and ratified and made permanent.

Now, this pig benefits from an extra little something. There's being born into a pen. There's the pleasure of being an edible cog in a machine dedicated to your destruction. But livestock aspires to more! For instance, what about creating profit for your owners? Somehow, the Ketchum ear tattooers let a pig do just that!

(Can you read the copy? Did you really think we would need to make up a phrase like "birth-to-plate"? The suicidefoodists have been at this business a long time.)

Precocious piglets and goats love this stuff too!


Frogulous said...

Not to be nit-picky, but the ear tattoo thing says "birth to pork". This is not an improvement.
Combined with yesterdays loving depictions of torture on the grill, I don't know...
Damn, you seem to WANT to put me off eating meat!
(Well, bean soup and cornbread for dinner it is, then.)

54 said...

it does say birth to pork at the top but at the bottom, it also says "your source for birth-to-plate traceability products". can't blame you for not wanting to read all about this though.

Amy said...

Reminds me of my bunny with a big tattoo in his ear. He somehow ended up in a shelter after being with the breeder. His ear says RK5, but we call him Harrison.

Bea Elliott said...

I despise this industry... I really do!

Anonymous said...

I'm actually a bit surprised that tattoo parlors don't use something like this on their customers, with a rose or some other design in lieu of numbers.