I have certainly been posting a good deal of articles regarding this issue and it is because I remain in limbo when it comes to eating vegetarian. Not only am I concerned with the health consequences of eating meat (hormones, GM, etc), but also because of my love for animals. Although it may seem odd or even hypocritical, for me, I don’t feel as guilty when it comes to eating chicken/turkey versus eating a pig or cow (I’ve given up pork mainly due to my awareness of their intelligence, personalities, etc). However, when I read the below article, I started to wonder about why I think this way.
This article from the NY Times describes the butchering practices and what goes into slaughtering an animal. Word of caution: It is quite graphic. What struck me the most was a comment from Jake, a student who enrolled in a butchery class, who noted that animals do not want to die, that they feel fear and pain, and the class gave him a real understanding of where meat comes from. While I am still on the fence about becoming vegetarian, I think it is important to understand fully where our food comes from including how an animal is slaughtered. Obviously, this in turn leads me to the conclusion that if an animal does give up its life to provide a meal for someone, that the animals should be treated humanely and that family farming is such an important initiative that needs support from consumers. If more of us support family farmers and purchase meat that is humanely raised and slaughtered, there will be more of a market for it. I hope to see this in the future.
Any one have thoughts on this article?
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