Sunday, April 25, 2010

On Sheep-Pigs

Last week, three mangalitsa (commonly known as sheep-pigs) were transferred to a zoo in Essex in the UK.

It's a woolly breed of pig from Eastern Europe that is starting going extinct. They used to be popular because they're apparently easy to raise and they grow quickly, but since it's much easier to transport fresh meat over long distances, there is less demand for locally raised pigs. People prefer the imported meat because it is less fatty, despite the fact that the meat of the mangalitsa is actually juicier and has more flavour. People are strange.
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