Giger on people's treatment of animals

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Giger: But one thing that left its impression was the way people treated animals. There was a hotel on the street where we lived and they raised pigs. Every few months they would come to take the full grown pigs away to be killed and the way they would transport them was by the ears and the tail., these heavy beasts and they cried and cried; it made me depressed. Then in Flims, a little ski village where my grandmother lived, they killed a cow where everyone could see.  Someone would hold the cow with a piece of wire around its neck and a man would hit it on the head with a hammer, several times. The cow would be standing and the head would go lower and lower and she would fall. It was terrible to see these things as a child. (HR Giger by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein)

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