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The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. George Orwell, Animal Farm
Feed him to the pigs, Errol. Snatch 2000 ***** starring Brad Pitt & Vinnie Jones & Jason Statham & Stephen Graham & Alan Ford & Dennis Farina & Adam Fogerty & Mike Reid & Vinnie Jones & Robbie Gee & Lennie James & Ade et al, director Guy Ritchie, Bricktop
You’re always going to have problems lifting a body in one piece. Apparently, the best thing to do is cut up the corpse into six pieces and pile it all together. And when you’ve got your six pieces, you got to get rid of them. ’Cause it’s no good leaving it in a deep-freeze for your Mum to discover now, is it? Then I hear the best thing to do is feed them to pigs. You’ve got to starve the pigs for a few days. Then the sight of a chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead. You’ve got to shave the heads of your victims and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies’ digestion. You could do this afterwards of course. But you don’t want to go sieving through pig-shit now, do ya? They will go through bone like butter. You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that weighs two-hundred pound in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pound of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, As Greedy as a Pig. ibid. Bricktop
I’m a swine. I’m a rotten swine. Crooks Anonymous 1962 starring Leslie Phillips & Julie Christie & Stanley Baker & Wilfrid Hyde-White & Michael Medwin & Raymond Huntley & Norman Rossington, director Ken Annakin, Phillips
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Winston Churchill
Neil: Well I don’t mind being a pig because for your information pigs are really intelligent actually.
Neil: Yeah like dolphins.
Rick: Oh they are, are they? Well tell me, Neil, who invented the internal combustion engine – was it Porky the Pig? I don’t think it was, was it? And the Theory of Relativity – was Pythagoras a pig? No. He was a Greek, wasn’t he? So tell me Neil, you’re the expert – what’s the major piggy contribution to civilisation? Hum? It’s bacon, isn’t it? It’s bacon and gruelling around in the mud. Watch out, Michelangelo – here comes the new Piggy renaissance. The Young Ones s2e4: Time, BBC 1984
This little pig went to market … The Famous Tommy Thumb’s Little Story Book c.1760
Tom, Tom, the piper’s son,
Stole a pig and away he run. Tom, the Piper’s Son c.1795
And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. Leviticus 11:7&8
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. Matthew 8:28-32
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. Mark 5:2&7-14
Pigs left to their own devices, and granted sufficient space, will keep themselves very clean, arrange little bowers, bring up families, and engage in social interaction with other pigs. The creatures also display many signs of intelligence, and it has been calculated that the crucial ratio – between brain weight and body weight – is almost as high with them as it is in dolphins. Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p38
1859: In the Pacific north-west a handful of angry farmers on tiny San Juan island are about to plunge the United States into a war against Great Britain: they’re not quarelling over the issue of slavery or states’ rights, believe it or not they’re fighting over a dead pig. In Search of History s4e1: America’s Forgotten Wars, History 1999