Here at Green School we have Wednesday enrichment programs, where we sign up for activities ranging from surfing and life saving, to service and study. During a six week block, I signed up to learn how to surf for the first four hours of the morning. The second half of the day usually consisted of study periods, sports, or independent studies.
On one particular Wednesday, I spent the morning surfing, took a Bemo (little red local minibus) back to school, and soon after arriving back at school, went off to work on an independent study I had started. My sister and I were working with a local Krupuk (Balinese cracker-like snacks) factory to try and help them to make it more sustainable, as the tarp-sheltered “factory” was running off wood burners, which are not very sustainable.
As well as focusing on sustainability, we decided to look at the process involved in making the Krupuk itself. This particular Krupuk was made from cow skin, whereas others are made from vegetables, shrimp, etc. Therefore, one of the first steps to the process was to collect the cow skin.
So that very Wednesday, after arriving back at school, my sister and I got in the car to head to what we thought was a market to see where the Krupuk men collected the skin. However, soon after arriving, we realized we were mistaken in thinking we were headed to a market, and instead ended up at the cow slaughter house, where they pick the skin up fresh.
We got plenty of unexpected, semi-disturbing footage at the slaughter house, while also learning about the spiritual side of the slaughter process.