If you're bothered by this image, you're right. Any person with a normal empathy level will be. That's because you see the animal as an individual - not a something - a someone who just wanted to be free to live his/her life and did not deserve to suffer.
But those who commented that there's no difference between killing a raccoon - or a dog or cat - for 'food' and slaughtering farmed animals are also right. Chickens, turkeys, goats, pigs and cows are all individual beings who are funny, affectionate, intelligent and curious. They suffer in horrific ways as their bodies are ripped apart and made into 'products' wrapped in plastic and available at a grocery store near you.
All of the animals you eat are still babies when they are slaughtered. Eating them destroys human health, destroys the environment, and destroys our very souls. Watch Earthlings and Meet Your Meat free online and live your values.
Being from SC, I have to say I find this pretty offensive. People who hunt nowadays aren't starving backwoods folk. This, and other small game hunting, has evolved into a pure sport of kill for the hell of it.
The killing of our wildlife has become just another hobby for many.
What a shame.
Actually most guns that are used in violent crimes are handguns, not Person Protection Weapons (DHS named them that not me). Actually what they are normal weapons, made to make libtards go crazy, a multi round wood stock .308, you never take a second glance are because of how they look.
"Have any of you actually really interacted with a raccoon?"
Yes I have, they're bad tempered, nasty little creatures that will destroy your cabin or attic if given a chance. If someone want's to trap, kill and eat them, go at it. They have more of a sporting chance than chickens, turkeys, cows and hogs.
I also find it most humorous that there's so much anger over the "display" of a obviously stuff varment, when these same people sitting on their leather sofas, wearing their leather shoes, jackets and belts, chowing down on their steaks, fried chicken or shimp (and grits) have never actually been to anything more than a supermarket or burger stand to see where meat or apparel comes from, or how the useful byproducts of these animals are processed and used. The phony, selective outrage is over the top and more than amusing.
Raccoons are not dogs, cats or horses, and while they may be mildly intelligent, a pig is much smarter. But damn, we love bacon....
This is nasty! When you have a raccoon as a pet then maybe you will understand.This is 2015 not 1815
OOOOOeeeee. Lookout Kinsey, the floodgates of H8 are open. All y'all bitching about the fact that Moise ate some nasty tree rats are judgemental assholes who have never been poor or hungry. Moise was broke ass. My grandaddy and his crew ate them because in the Depression era here in South Cack they were what is now referred to in the culinary world as "foragers." They ate anything that moved or that they could take out of the rivers and ocean to prevent their families from starving. I would not eat any deer, racoon, possom or squirrels as they all fall in the possible rabies category for me and I do think they are cute little guys. However, I have traveled enough throughout the world and right here in the US to know what the face of poverty looks like. You feel badly for the little raccoon you say? Well there are still plenty of hungry people, take a ride upstate in SC. Do you feel sorry for the little kids too or screw the kids...just the racoon is cute? Dig into your little american apparel pockets and send money to the organizations that try to feed the starving right here in SC so they will not have to hunt small game like coon and squirrels. Oh, and NEVER ever leave the safety of MERICA and venture across the ocean. In Madrid and other parts of Spain they dress piglets up in clothing and stick them in the Butcher Shop Window. Yep, little pink brides and grooms. Guess what? Same in France, same in Germany, same in Italy. etc etc etc. Do not venture to Paris where The Marché Aligre will freak you right out. So stay home....please.
do you not know raccoon is a rabies vector animal , you are not suposed to eat them ! also I do live in the south and I do support not killing human babies before they are born. that is not a full grown raccoon it is a juvie. i cant imagine a group of raccoons killing a 74 year old woman and if they did how many people are there in the world killed by dogs every year ? or other people ?? i venture to say way more than raccoons. Call me Ellie May or back woods but i love all wild animals and as a rehabber i am committed.
Wow this really brought out the "animal rights" liberals...More than likely, the same people that see nothing wrong with killing babies in the womb!
Lighten up people ...good lord , a dead raccoon offends you?!? You are all a bunch of pansies .
Unbelievable, such poor taste.. Really is disgusting. This paper should be absolutely ashamed of themselves and whoever approved this is a Moron and needs to be fired.
I am can not believe you did this photo, very bad taste, very bad. Fine you want to print a recipe for this, I can deal with that, but the photo was in very bad taste. We have hunters in my family, they hunt deer, squirrel and raccoon, and yes I have eaten all of those before. BUT the photo is just uncalled for and obviously not thought through when it was decided to be use. I am very disappointed in The Charleston City Paper and all those that agreed to print this. Shame on all involved.
I've not been there yet, but it's about time! We've not had a proper gun store in Mt Pleasure since Billy Jack's closed many years back (they were located in the shopping center where Whole Foods is now). I look forward to shopping at PSA.
Facts matter, and I need to correct a mistake above: "Hammers and baseball bats kill more then guns."
The then/than error notwithstanding, this is correct in the US only when "guns" is replaced with "rifles". It's not correct when compared to pistols. Of course, people kill people and guns, baseball bats, knives, fists, explosives, cars, fire, or whatever are just tools they use.
Lastly, one doesn't need a high end car like a Porsche to commit mass murder. This guy did it with a cheap Japanese subcompact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_attack_o…
Alert! Alert! The precious-meter is going to explode!
FFS get over yourselves. The world is full of carnivores and has been for millions and millions of years.
WTF is the MATTER with you people in the South!!! Have you no morals or judgment???
Bottom line is that showing a pic of a rigor mortis corpse of an animal about to be added to a stew pot is so totally asinine & obviously designed for shameless sensationalism attention, this newspaper is on level w/ nothing more than the National Enquirer. Take it for what it is.
What a jerk!
Really people????? Whoever approved this photo needs to be FIRED. Poor taste and disgusting.
Come on this has got to stop. And people wonder why we have no respect for life and each other. And shame on the person who approved this photo for this.
"Americans eat a lot of things you might not approve of."
Got to agree with artrogue on this one, but would amend it to say a lot of cultures eat things others may not approve of. If you're any type of meat eater, you pretty much shouldn't judge someone else for eating another type of meat (cannibalism probably excepted).
That said, it really took a dead raccoon photo for people to get outraged at this gal's "journalism?" Always good to know there the line is, I guess.
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