Days-Long Spanish Pig Slaughtering Tradition Is All About Sustainability

Lauren Frayer for NPR, via The Salt

Lauren Frayer for NPR, via The Salt

Armando Escaño calls out to his fat black pigs as they chomp on acorns under cork trees. Escaño comes from a centuries-long line of pig farmers on western Spain’s dehesa, UNESCO-protected landscape where this country’s most prized ham — jamón ibérico — is produced.

Lured by that delicacy, tourists are now making these empty green hills a new foodie destination. They’re coming to see how Armando’s pigs live — and how they die.

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