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Meet Your Next Sausages. Literally.

Meet Your Next Sausages. Literally.

It’s not the kind of beauty contest which any contestant would want to win — if they knew what the prize was.

In Germany, a new web service lets pork lovers vote online for the ‘prettiest’ pig at farmer Bernd Schulzís pig farm and the winners becomes next week’s Wurst.

Meine Kleine Farm says that it wants to change the way people think about meat. Its founder, Berlin student Denni Buchmann, thinks people should eat less meat and show more respect to the animals.

Every week, he travels to the farm and photographs the pigs. The website’s users then vote on what they see and the lucky winner heads to the slaughterhouse every Friday.

A photo of the pig appears on the various pork products which result.

Buchmann says that the pigs have a happy life on Schulzís farm, running around in the open air, rooting around in the mud and playing with the other pigs.

Schulz says that his animals eat organic feed and are raised according to the principle of “animal welfare in harmony with nature.”

Since the media discovered Buchmann’s service, he’s been deluged by attention, much of it negative. He says it’s all about how — not whether — you eat meat and what he is doing has obviously “hit a nerve.”

Germans are among the biggest pork consumers in the world, eating almost twice as much as Americans.

Worldwide, there is a growing demand by consumers to know where their food is coming from but this online service may well be the first which actually puts a face on the source of your sausages.

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1:47AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

thanks

7:24PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

It seems to me the people who are voting to kill the pigs are NOT actually going to appreciate the fact that the animal died for their frivolous taste buds...

7:22PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

uhm.. ew?

5:47PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Well you are what you eat...

3:19PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks for the article

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