[KS] Re: Cats next?!
mrobinso at indiana.edu
Wed Jul 26 15:48:41 EDT 2000
this adrenaline consversation has shocked me back to the 1970s and the
discussions of Kobe beef....hand massaged and beer fed to produce just the
right sort of fat marbling for the beef connoisseurs of Japan. Mixing
pleasure then sudden death for the animal? Then again, this may be animal
flesh as art, rather than food.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jason Parker <parker.294 at osu.edu>
To: <korean-studies at mailbase.ac.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: Cats next?!
> I agree that there is a contradiction. I am not aware of the reasons
> mentioned insofar as tenderizing the meat is considered. I am only aware
> the taste that is derived from the release of adrenaline in the meat. It
> counterintuitive that meat could be made tender through a process that
> creates such stress upon an animal (when I get a tension headache, my neck
> is anything but tender). Ms. Dyke makes a very valid point in her
> mentioning of cultural relativism and how people "make sense" of their
> Jason Parker
> OSU, Anthropology
> At 01:17 PM 7/26/00 -0400, you wrote:
> >I find this thread both fascinating and nauseating. I have a factual (?)
> >question. Several posts have referred to the "benefits" of beating or
> >otherwise significantly traumatizing the animal in question (boiling the
> >cat alive) in order to "release adrenaline" "tenderinze the meat" etc. I
> >recall reading an article on animal slaughter in the U.S. (cattle). The
> >entire thrust of the article was that one of the motivations underlying
> >more "humane" forms of slaughter was to REDUCE the amoung of adrenaline
> >and other stress hormones released just prior to death in order to
> >the quality of the meat. There seems to be a direct contradiciton. Can
> >anyone reply?
> >Liz Ten Dyke, Ph.D.
> >Kingston NY
> >By the way, I am an anthropologists who has often lectured (to
> >undergraduates, anyway) on cultural relativism, and the limits of
> >relativism. Boy is this discussion pushing me to my own limits (that is,
> >my ability to recognize that practices/habits of others may make sense to
> >them, in the context of their own lives, belief systems, social
> >relationships, etc., even though they are incomprehensible to me in the
> >context of my own. Yes, and I eat meat. Boy does life get confusing
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