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For my birthday a couple months ago, I went to a farm-to-table restaurant that served a dish called “Pulled pig face.” More recently, I found myself reading an article touting the sustainable virtues of hunting, and the hunter’s philosophy of respecting the animal. I support the humane treatment of farm animals and am as much of a fan of The Omnivore’s Dilemma as anyone, but there is some comedic disconnect in how we talk about caring for the animals we find so delicious — i.e., if you really, really respect your dog, you probably won’t eat its face. Just saying.



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  • Roger Bloyce

    Very “biting” observations, especially the last panel. Our gun nuts tend to be empty-staters who rarely see the ghettos where most of our 84 handgun deaths a day occur. According to a 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has the most murders, suicides, and accidental deaths due to guns of 23 developed nations, with 80% of the group’s gun deaths and 87% of those involving children under age 15. America’s gun homicide rate for ages 15 to 24 is 43 times that of all the other countries combined.

    While impoverished native Americans and some others still hunt for sustenance, most of our American-style gun nuts are white males who simply like to watch animals and birds die, and many of them also have sexual identity problems. The semi-automatic pistol penises they display are inappropriate for hunting.

    Of the 188 nations that have written constitutions reflecting the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, only two others, Mexico and Guatemala, have included wording that allows citizens to be armed, and there are growing movements to reverse what have become catastrophic experiences with proliferating hand guns in both those countries.

    There is no sane reason for any private citizen to own a working hand gun.

  • Joseph Magil

    When I found out just how delicious my dog’s face was, my respect for her only increased. And her tail makes a great duster.

  • Labann

    Why doesn’t Food Network feature a fitness cooking hour? Probably prefer contests among fat cooks with whom viewers identify. My friend visited China; interpreter invited him to dinner with, “Do you like duk?” Sure! When they arrived, restaurant had a shingle hanging outside with a muscular pit bull. Pronunciation sometimes flies south with tastier ducks.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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