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If you're a vegetarian/vegan - you may want to avoid this thread.<br><br>
For those who enjoy eating meat (as I do) I was wondering if anyone was open to a bit of discussion re: slaughter practices.<br><br>
Myself - I won't purchase meat from the supermarket. Having said that, I'm lucky enough to have a butcher in my small town that I can visit. His meat is grass fed, is not subjected to any hormones or antibiotics, and is killed humanely.<br><br>
I remember reading somewhere that there was a book regarding slaughterhouses and the generally inhumane treatment of livestock. A relative recommended it to me, and I've been looking for a copy.<br><br>
We had a discussion (over roast no less) about how some people believe you should only eat meat if you felt you could kill the animal yourself; and to be honest I'm not sure that's something I would be able to do.<br><br>
My younger brother is a bow hunter, and I know from experience that I really appreciate the artistry with which he and my uncles hunt. If you can use a term such as artistry in that situation... It really is a serious business with them. Especially because the animal is properly butchered afterward, and the meat is distributed among all our families.<br><br>
There is no "hunting party" when they go out; no drinking or carrousing. They are in the woods for one purpose, and they really believe the animals deserve their professionalism and respect. I can honestly say that I feel the least amount of discomfort when I am eating meat that they have brought home themselves.<br><br>
Anyway, just wondering how others felt about this. Especially around the idea of not eating something you could not kill yourself; that was an idea that's been making me think.<br><br>
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I've heard that idea thrown around alot and I've gone back and forth on how I feel about it. I think the force behind it is the idea that we need to be mindful of what we are eating and how it got to our plate. I would perhaps say that if we are going to eat meat we should have an appreciation for the process. KWIM? I myself consider all life sacred. I don't see any qualitative difference between a cow and a tomato. And I try to show the same respect to each of them in how I choose the ones that end up on my plate.<br><br>
Now I do hunt from time to time so I can say that I am willing to look what I eat in the eye and kill it. And I also have to say that nothing tastes quite as good as something you killed yourself. I mean that in more than just a tongue in cheek way. I feel there is an energy exchange of some sort that goes on with your food and the more involved you are with the process of you food, the more.....(grasping for words).....spiritualy nourishing it is. This goes for vegetables you raise yourself, berries you go out onto the mountain and pick yourself, fish you catch yourself and so on. Even preparing your own food adds energy to it, something that many have lost of in our prepackaged culture.
 
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