In honor of the new Interim President of the University of Minnesota


(WARNING! Ghastly scenes of carnivores butchering animals ahead!)

Thanks to Akira MacKenzie for dropping this horror into a vegetarian’s comment section (it’s OK, I’m a biologist, I’ve done and seen worse.)

I should show this video to all the new students next year and let them know where the college president’s expertise lies.


  1. bcw bcw says

    At 19:20, they say “measures out just the right amount of meat,” not mentioning the other huge pile, of fat, that is the rest of the contents of the hotdogs.

    When I was ten we did the tour of a beef slaughterhouse in Kansas City, MO, which did not leave out the part before this video where cows were sent down a chute to an end where they stopped in confusion, had their brains punched with a compressed-air driven rod. dumped sideways by an panel flipping up on one chute side, hooked by their hind heels, lifted up by a chain, slit lengthwise, gutted by hand, flushed and sent on for halving and chopping up. Lovely. What I remember most is the smell.

  2. bcw bcw says

    @1 oddly, unlike the Hershey and Utica Club tours, they did not have a tasting room at the end of the tour.

  3. drsteve says

    ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
    He makes me down to lie
    Through pastures green
    He leadeth me the silent waters by.
    With bright knives He releaseth my soul.

    He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places.
    He converteth me to lamb cutlets,
    For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger. . .’

  4. Dan Phelps says

    To wHormel’s credit, didn’t see any 12 year olds on the assembly line. They have become more greedy for profits since this was made.

  5. wzrd1 says

    Smoked with only the finest dumpster fire smoke.
    Full of otherwise unusable trimmings.

    Still, I’ll take the pork hocks for my pasta sauce, along with the feet. Unpickled, only fresh(ish) will do.

    For the spam, well, prepare the spam and carton together for dietary fiber and equal flavor.

    On a serious note, I would happily advocate for kids taking such a tour. People should know where their food comes from and realize that living creatures were killed to provide food for them to consume. Then, see how much meat they want to eat and how little prepared food that they want.
    Having killed, cleaned and dressed a mammal for my own family consumption, I learned how much work that is and that a skilled butcher I ain’t. I also became waste adverse, in regards to the carcass, as it’d be disrespectful to the life that I took to provide food for our table.
    Although, today they’d likely first have to sign an ironclad NDA before going on a tour…

    Only one word describes what goes into our beef stew: cheap.

    Seeing the computers, power processing, industrial controllers, I thought, “Good Lord, I used to work on that shit, now I feel really old!”.

    Hormel, helping poison 360 million people and counting.
    My having one of their “Completes” products for lunch, as my back is feeling positively wretched today. Assessment, too salty, not enough spices, pressure cooked, cheap and filled my stomach with somethingish, with chicken flavored pig snot as gravy.
    I also keep a couple of cans of their chili on hand, for when I don’t feel up to tending a pot and cooking my own from scratch.
    And shit, I forgot to get chili pepper seeds to plant. I always grow a few plants and dry the peppers, shredding some for a shaker, leaving a bunch whole and reserving a few pods for seeds. Oh well, next store trip.

  6. flange says

    I could do without the Mystery Science Theater 3000 type commenting. It’s not clever or funny. The piece creates its own satire without help.

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Just in.
    Trump has been found guilty as hell for sexual assault of E Jean Carroll.
    As the rape occurred too long ago, he is instead to pay her 5 million for slander.

  8. Silentbob says

    We should be so glad that PZ always treats his lab flies humanely. Oh. wait.

  9. Silentbob says

    I mean I’m right this is the same guy who boasts about injecting paralyzed living creatures with digestive juices and sucking out the nutrients, right? I didn’t imagine the bizarre oscillation of this blog between celebratory Dr Phibes and psuedo-PETA?