Working Man’s Death: Lions
The Port Harcourt slaughter yard is a labyrinth of people and animals. The entire area is actually a market, which lies between the zoo, a bridge in the middle of construction, a river, and an area where multinational corporations like Coca Cola and Shell have settled.
The grounds consist of a few huts, a large covered market hall, a cold storage room, a corral for the cattle, pig pens, a pool table sheltered by an awning, a mosque, a few shanties, a slope leading down to the river, and the places where the slaughtering is done.
These places are a large paved surface “The Slab,” where the cattle is slaughtered, skinned, and cut into portions, and a charred elevated platform for roasting the beef heads, skin, feet, and whole goats.
First, the young assistants of the goat butchers and goat roasters bring in the animals. The goats make the most noise as they are being led – all tied together – to the slaughter yard. You can’t tell if they sense what’s in store for them; maybe it’s just uncomfortable to be pulled around all tied together like that.
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Warning: Contains scenes which some viewers may find disturbing.