Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Case of Preston Hughes III: Silence of the Lambs

Lecter:   And what did you see, Clarice? What did you see?

Starling:  Lambs. The lambs were screaming.

Lecter:   They were slaughtering spring lambs?

Starling:  And they were screaming.

Lecter:    And you ran away?

Starling:  No. First I tried to free them. I, I opened the gate to their pen, but they wouldn't run. They just stood there, confused. They wouldn't run.

Lecter:    But you could and you did, didn't you?

Starling:  Yes. I took one lamb and I ran away as fast as I could.

Lecter:    Where were you going, Clarice?

Starling:  I don't know. I didn't have any food, any water and it was very cold. Very cold. I thought, I thought if I could save just one, but he was so heavy. So heavy. I didn't get more than a few miles when the sheriff's car picked me up.

From Wikipedia:
Exsanguination is used as a method of slaughter where, before the incision is made, the animal, depending on species, is rendered insensible to pain by various methods, including captive bolt, electricity or chemical. Without prior sedation, stunning or anesthetic, this method of slaughter causes a high degree of anxiety and should not be used alone. The captive bolt is place against the skull of the animal, and penetrates to cause tissue destruction in the brain, incapacitating the animal so that the procedure may take place. Electricity is used mostly in  porcine, poultry, and domestic sheep, whereas chemical is used in injured livestock.

While the animal is incapacitated, a pointed knife is fully inserted through the skin just behind the point of the jaw and below the neck bones. From this position, the knife is drawn forward severing the jugular vein, carotid artery, and trachea. Properly performed, blood should flow freely with death occurring within a few minutes. Sometimes the same procedure is repeated on the other side of the neck, severing vein and artery on the other side.

From Sheep Slaughtering Procedures. II. Time to Loss of Brain Responsiveness after Exsanguination or Cardiac Arrest:
The time taken for three different sticking (exsanguination) methods to produce a loss of flash-evoked responsiveness in the electrocorticogram of anaesthetized sheep was compared with a method involving fibrillation of the heart. On average, severing both carotid arteries plus jugular veins took 14 sec to induce a loss of brain responsiveness, whereas severing only one carotid artery plus one jugular vein took 70 sec.

From The Silence of the Lambs:
Lecter:  What became of your lamb, Clarice?
Starling:  They killed him.

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