Twitter users reacted in disgust and horror after an account called Weird and Terrifying posted a video of raw meat spasming. The footage shows a butcher holding a chunk of red meat that appears to be bubbling from within. The caption says, “Adding salt to freshly cut muscle causes it to spasm.”
According to Scientific American, this phenomenon can happen when salt is applied to meat from a very recently slaughtered animal. When animals are killed, their neurons don’t die immediately. Applying a large dose of sodium to live neurons can trigger muscles to contract. This means that the animal in this video was slaughtered shortly before the footage was captured.
The video has resurfaced after going viral on social media back in 2020. It received hundreds of comments ranging from disbelief to disgust. One Twitter user posted:
honestly – can watch a lot of vegetarian/vegan horror videos of factory farming etc. BUT…this actually affects my mind more…might be doing meatless for a few days now.
Others commented that they were going vegan or “ain’t eating meat again.” Some added GIFs of people shuddering or throwing up. The fact is, many people are horrified when they are reminded that the product on their plate comes from an animal.
Last year, a stop-motion video of a seemingly live raw chicken breast slithering around a cutting board went viral on TikTok. Responses to the video range from “this was traumatizing” and “I don’t like the chicken slug” to “the way the chicken sacrificed itself halfway through” and “this is why I don’t eat meat.” Many comments seem to react to the frightening lifelike quality of the chicken breast—something many people would rather not contemplate when they’re cooking or eating meat.
If these videos make you uncomfortable, why not choose a kinder path? Plant-based foods are better for animals and the planet, and you don’t need to worry that they came from bodies. Visit ChooseVeg.com for more information on how you can thrive with plant-based eating.