A pig weighing nearly one ton was publicly slaughtered during an annual competition held February 4 at the Sanhsia Tzushih Temple in Yingko, northern Taiwan.
Ten Holy Pigs were force-fed until they swelled around 10-times their normal size up to the competition. The largest pig, weighing around 936 kg, won the award and according to tradition, had its throat cut at the scene after the ceremony. The pig’s owner also received lucrative bonuses and honors.
Animal rights activists have protested the traditional ceremony, calling the slaughter brutal and criticizing the way the animals are crammed into small cages and forced to eat.
“Pigs wouldn’t eat that much if they had a choice.” Zhu Zenghong, a research executive at a Taiwan animal association, said. “There are 126 temples in Taiwan, and this is the only temple still carrying on its tradition. We are calling for this temple to abolish the ceremony.”
By Isabel Quan