For the first time in my life, I participated in killing chickens and one duck. This was done by a kosher slaughterer who was teaching us about the practice of shechita (kosher slaughter).
I haven't been too keen on eating meat since then, not because I am so squicked, but because I can't shake the (newly acquired) awareness that an animal has died so I might eat.
My husband, who hates fish (that I have been serving every night since the slaughter) pointed out to me that by eating beef far fewer animals die to feed us.
That makes sense to me, so now I am investigating how to acquire a share of a local, grassfed cow that has been slaughtered in a kosher fashion. NOT easy.
What I thought was interesting and wanted to share was the economics of death----the bigger the animal, the fewer die to feed us (as in individual family).
Why go to fish when you're squeamish? The fish have to be killed as well.
If you're not prepared to kill your own food, you shouldn't be eating it
Why I don't worry about cholesterol:
Lyon Diet Heart Trial
Get With The Guidelines admission data
Sydney Diet Heart Study revisited
Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet
The problem with modern medicine is that doctors don't view the prescription of drugs as a failure to keep you healthy
Sorry to be sarcastic, but do fish just fall asleep and you eat them?
It's a good point. Perhaps we could all go in on an elephant. I'd eat one. I bet they're tasty.
It is an eye opener when you really make that death/food connection. It's sort of disturbing in a way, to consume another thing that was once alive and aware. It sometimes seems though, the more evolved the animal, the more aware they are. A cow versus a fish... the cow seems more aware of its existence. I mean, does a fish even know it's in water?
Not to make it hard to eat a cow or anything. It's easier to kill a chicken than it is to kill a deer, at least to me. Both, however get my deepest respect and gratitude.
I'm currently preparing for a boar and a share of buffalo. It's always heartening to know that when I buy meat, they lived a happy, dignified life.
Reminds me of a line from The Whole Nine Yards, where Jimmy says "It's not important how many people I've killed. What's important is how I get along with the people who are still alive."
"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do" - Epictetus
Group buy on a blue whale?
There isn't any logic to why I was able to cook and serve fish. I own that my reactions are emotional, and the reason I participated in this workshop was precisely to "get my hands dirty" so to speak.
To peril: many people say they are prepared to kill their own food until they are presented with the opportunity. Having grown up in a city, I had never even seen a goat close up until I went to this farm last week.
And...........I was a vegetarian for a number of years in my lifetime, and it was my exposure to Crossfit and paleo/primal eating that got me eating meat again. So I think I am taking responsibility as best I can for my choices.