Homer: "Lisa, honey, are you saying you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?"
Homer: "Pork Chops?"
Lisa: "Dad, those all come from the same animal!"
Homer: "(chuckles sarcastically) yeah right, Lisa. A wonderful magical animal."
Excerpt from Simpson Episode "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Domesticated pigs are among most common domesticated beasts in all of Scarterra. Pork raised on every major landmass being the
staple meat in West Colassia
and still relatively common in other lands. Bacon and other pork products frequently grace the dinner plates of peasants and princes alike.
Pigs eat almost anything and can generally handle confined spaces well. Properly salted and smoked, pork can be stored for long periods of time. Typically rural families cull their livestock during the Calendar month of Blooding
to prepare for the winter. this ensures the family has less livestock to feed over the winter and more meat for the family to eat. Many Scarterrans observe a ritual holiday commemorating this (while also placating Maylar
) called Winter's Eve
If the Nine intended us to never eat meat, why did they make bacon taste so delicious?
Few if any Scarterrans keep anything resembling real world kosher laws though some cultures and subcultures choose to be vegetarian or vegan, but these people swear off all meat and not pork specifically.
Most creatures in Scarterra have some elemental influence
on their physical and psychology. Pigs are no different, but due to selective breeding, most pigs have dominant earthy traits. Earthy animals tend to be large and slow. Large and slow is usually what a farmer wants his livestock to be.
Typically, the earthiest male pigs of a litter and kept as breeders and the pigs with fiery, watery, or airy traits are culled early.
Fiery pigs have more efficient digestion so they don't need as much food or water as other pigs of similar size, but they also are more ornery and likely to bite and kick their farmer.
Airy pigs are leaner which many say is tastier and healthier meat, but airy pigs don't like confinement and are difficult to raise if a farmer doesn't have the spare land to allow for free range pigs.
Watery pigs require more water than other pigs to be healthy but their sows are more efficient milkers so watery female piglets are marked to be brood sows. Water pigs of both sexes are more intelligent and curious to other pigs which sometimes mean they figure out clever ways to escape their pens. Also, clever pigs are often clever enough to get into trouble but not clever enough to find their way out of it.