Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Holy Fucking Trauma: Fish Guts

I've officially been traumatized and now remember why I prefer to be completely ignorant of what happens to animals before they get made into other stuff: food, food for other animals, etc.

I came home late because Mom was taking money at the county fair tonight, put on my jammies, and plopped down to do my bloggy business. Turned on the TV, flipped to Discovery, and what do I find?? A show called Dirty Jobs...tonight, featuring people who handle fish. I turned it on just in time to see the lil hosty man and a rather...rough...looking woman hacking up a live octopus for market. YUM! They cut out his beak, they raked his tentacles, and they flipped his hood inside out. And all this on a bloody board from the poor bastard who came before him.

From the octopus they cut to a factory where they made fish food pellets....the kind you buy for a quarter and feed to the mutant catfish at zoos and such. Two words: FISH GRINDER! Could've gone all my life without seeing fish being ground into pulp and pumped into another tank, the oil separated, and then adding dried blood to the whole mix to make the pellets stick together.

Holy bloody hell! I never want to feed or eat a fish again! And salmon used to be my favorite food!

30 comments:

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  2. So I shouldn't buy you a Bass-O-Matic for your birthday?

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  3. Not to be confused with the Os-Bass-O-Matic, by Ronco!

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  4. My friend used to live across the street from a meat packing plant in Louisville. After a few months of hearing the anquished cries of cows, she turned vegetarian.

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  5. Os,
    You clever horn-player, you. I'll be hugging my fish tank before I go to bed tonight.

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  6. Mmmm, screaming cows. That would be enough to rob me of the pleasure I take in hamburgers.

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  7. Gag, barf, hurl.
    Tear, sigh, sniff.

    Animal right all the way.

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  8. That was touching. *sniff* Pretty much my reaction. I'm not made weak in the stomach by too many things, but this did it.

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  9. yeah, watching slaughter-house footage was what turned me vegetarian for a long time!

    And there are some testicles I wouldn't mind raking to a pulp and putting in a grinder. :P hehehehe

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  10. LOLLLL@the testicles. I have a testicle story that was passed down to me by a worthy source, and I'll try to get 'round to telling it later.

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  11. i personally fear the health channel and watching the doctor be all like, oh here's the heart. we have to cut it open!! slice... blood spurting... johnny fainting.

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  12. Know how you feel, just read Fast Food Nation and cant look at beef anymore

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  13. Johnny's a wimp--I LOVE the Discovery Channel. And the Learning Channel. Until they do shit to the eyeball. That stuff is just wrong.

    Regarding the testicles--there's a place an hour down the highway that is world-famous for its Testicle Festival. Rocky Mountain Oysters. MMmmmm! Them things is tasty! I'll be sure to feature it this fall when it rolls around again!

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  14. Aaahhh, the cannibalism of fish. It's amazing what things people eat or don't eat.

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  15. LOL .. thanks Andi! I'm now remembering the anxiety attacks I'd have when I had cable and would channel surf. Open heart surgery on this channel; dismembered animals on that channel; screaming humans on another channel.

    It was enough to make network tv look good :)

    Suzz, never wanting to know more about the food chain than the grocery ads :)

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  16. Andi-

    If it makes you feel better, those were all very bad fish.

    -Tim

    P.S. The good fish get a cruise and live somewhere near Boca Raton.

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  17. I'd eat an In-n-Out burger in the middle of a slaughterhouse while sitting on a cow's carcass.

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  18. Yeah. It's brutal. We would like to believe that they kill them quickly and painlessly, but come on... we've all seen how people cook lobsters.

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  19. Octopi!


    Why was Ago's comment removed??? I have to know.

    Love,
    Gossipmonger

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  20. Johnny,
    I can watch humans get hacked all day, but it hurts me to my softy, gooshy core to see animals hurt in any way. Or even spoken to too harshly. I'm a kitten myself.

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  21. ams,
    I'm going to read Fast Food Nation soon with a discussion group, and I shudder at the thought. But I'm doin' it, damnit! And I bet my fast food inhalation rate doesn't go down a bit....although it probably needs to.

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  22. LOL, Os! I don't do eyeball stuff....freaks me right on out.

    GROSS! Do you dunk 'em in gravy??

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  23. Cincy, what do you eat?? Just out of curiosity.

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  24. Suzz,
    I've decided that Lost is just as bad as the Discovery channel. I've officially touted it the grossest show on TV....people being sucked up my plane engines, wild polar bears, it's crazy shit.

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  25. Tim,
    You crack me up. I'm having flashbacks to the conversation about the dog that got shot on 24.

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  26. VegASS,
    I'm with ya. I ate salmon and crab cakes last night. The grossness passed and I wanted some oily fish to make my skin look perty.

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  27. Soj,
    That's also disgustingly similar to how I'm cooked when I'm in the pool. It doesn't hurt as much as one might think.

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  28. Non,
    She asked me to e-mail her and I didn't want anyone to feel alienated. She's now analyzing my psyche in two online arenas. She won't crack this fava bean.

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  29. Andi,

    OHMIGOSH!! I can't believe you mentioned Lost. I had never watched it until last week when they reran the first episode and I thought I'd check out what the hoopla is about.

    Had to turn it off. Awful, awful visual stuff. Not for me.

    Suzz, embracing her inner wimp

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  30. Suzz,
    I'm completely horrified by anything plane crash related so I huddled in my recliner the whole time. This week I saw little snatches of it, but the polar bear attack was too much! I have to watch next week to know wat the hell that's about.

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