This account was recorded in the memoirs of Mr. Ji Syau Nan. Mr.- Ji said that in his native town there lived a Mr. Gu, who was a butcher of cattle. Throughout his life he had slaughtered uncountably many oxen.
One day, the man suddenly went blind and his wife was simultaneously struck with a fatal disease. Just before she died, her skin and flesh turned putrid, and she suffered excruciating pain. Not only that, she talked to herself non-stop, saying, "The underworld officers are butchering me as if I were a cow!" Day and night, she screamed and wailed. She was tormented this way for one month, until finally she died.
The entire incident was reported by the mother of Mr. Ji Syau Nan's concubine, who personally witnessed the lady's death.
The profession of slaughtering cattle entails a most heavy offense. This is because oxen labor so hard pulling plows and tilling the fields to help us grow the grain which constitutes our staple diet, and so they greatly benefit mankind. If, in spite of this, people just go ahead and slaughter them, of course, the retribution will be most serious.