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Photos: Western Daughters' homage to pig butchery

It wasn't the first time I'd seen a pig splayed across a state in all its fleshy glory. Or even the second or third. My fascination with pigs -- and with butchery -- extends over several years, but while I've witnessed numerous butchers, their starched aprons splashed with blood, their nimble fingers slipping a sharp boning knife into the carcass, break down a hog, it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I got my own hands around a swine carcass.

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