When I was in high school, we had an Agriculture course as an alternative to Home Economics (coincidentally, both courses were highlighted in this cartoon, but that is not the point). During our Agriculture Finals, each and everyone has to behead a chicken and "defeather" (?) them. Scaredy cat that I am, I cried and was led off. Good thing I passed the course anyway-- one of my best friends had to behead my chicken for me.
Pate and Pistachio-Stuffed Roast Chicken
Roast Suckling Pig