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I was watching a "Best Of..." type of clip show on the Travel Channel a few weeks ago, and they showed a clip of Andrew Zimmerman from the Bizarre Foods show when he went to see a witch doctor in... some country that I've forgotten.
I was watching a "Best Of..." type of clip show on the Travel Channel a few weeks ago, and they showed a clip of Andrew Zimmerman from the Bizarre Foods show when he went to see a witch doctor in... some country that I've forgotten. Anyway, in addition to all kinds of rituals, he said that the witch doctor "beat his body with a guinea pig until it expired" as a way to get rid of "evil spirits." I was pretty surprised and offended that Travel Channel would air that. They show a lot of people hunting for food, but killing a small animal by beating it against a human? Beyond fucked up.
There are hundreds of the thousands of animals slaughtered in the US alone, and we justify it by claiming that these animals are killed for human consumption. It's disturbing, but if you go to your local beef farm, you'll see cows fed corn (they should be fed grain) and sometimes pumped with hormones and then killed when deemed appropriate. I justify that as animal abuse, but it's OK in our culture for whatever reason. And every culture differs; what may be okay for African tribe may not tolerated in a Native American tribe. Though it may deemed as abusive in our culture, it's important to try to understand as to why a culture does what they do.
Religion is tricky too; there are still religions around the world that practice animal sacrifice to ward off bad spirits, and though we may not agree with it, it's also important that religion is very sacred and personal thing for many, many people. Sacrificing an animal to gain glory, insight, enlightenment, whatever can be a justifiable motive.
I don't get that perturbed by animal violence in movies because I know the animals on screen are being taken of and they're not being abused at all. I do get disturbed when I see animal cop shows, so I don't watch them. Instead, I just give money to organizations like the ASPCA so they can take care those that they've rescued.
I don't like human violence and rape on camera because it triggers memories that I have of violence in my past. I also feel like it's celebrated on a lot of modern film, and I don't see how that's beneficial to our culture at all.