In Oregon, a 70-year-old farmer was eaten alive by hogs, which he had gone to feed. The local sheriff is investigating the possibility “that given the age and health of Mr. Garner, that one or more of the hogs knocked (him) to the ground, whereupon the hogs killed and consumed him.” The report would suggest that a passel of hungry, angry 700-pound pigs could not have toppled a younger, healthier man. The report cites previous incidences of hog “aggression” against the farmer.
Autumn is traditionally slaughtering season. Wikipedia graphically describes the modern, humane method of slaughtering a pig, which begins like this: “Before slaughter, pigs are first rendered unconscious using one of the following means: stunning using electric current applied with electrodes, or stunning using captive bolt pistol, or inhalation of CO2. They are then hoisted on a rail, after which they are exsanguinated, usually via the carotid artery and the jugular vein. After the blood is gone, the carcass is drenched in hot water in a device called a pig scalder which helps in the removal of hair, which is subsequently completed by using scissor-like devices and then if necessary with a torch. The pig is then eviscerated, the head is usually removed, and the body is cut into two halves.”