Sometimes, karma singles someone out and gets right in his face. Such was the case of a California man who ate a .22 caliber bullet instead of feasting on the pig he was trying to slaughter.
An October 13 CBS 13 (Sacramento) news story explained that “it started as a pig slaughter and ended with a man getting shot in the face by his older brother. Investigators say the pig bucked and the rifle went off. Police say the brothers were trying to slaughter the pig for a party, but instead of enjoying that family party, the family is gathering to support each other as they pray for their loved one.”
The pig’s would-be murderer did not survive the shooting, according to a CBS 13 news update, which tells us that “the Sacramento County Coroner’s website identifies the victim as 28-year-old Koua Vang.”
And while CBS 13 saw fit to report that Vang had died, the news outlet has failed to let us know the fate of the pig, indicating in its initial report that “it’s … unclear just what happened to the pig, and if the slaughter was successful.”
It would be naïve to blame this dismissal on journalistic oversight, especially given the fact that the pig’s well-being was only addressed in the penultimate sentence of the original CBS 13 report.
In the news video provided above, CBS 13 reporter Derek Shore portrays the then-critically wounded Vang as “the apparent casualty of a future meal.”
In his off-camera voice-over, Shore describes the incident as “a pig slaughter gone terribly wrong.”
And in closing, CBS 13 news anchor Ron Jones says, “Hopefully, the victim’s going to be OK.”
I hope that the intended victim is OK.
Clearly, Shore and Jones lack the kind of sophistication required to report this story accurately. The intended victim, of course, was the pig, who would undoubtedly disagree – if he was able to avoid becoming another forgotten casualty of man’s arrogant barbarism – that the slaughter had “gone terribly wrong.”