I didn’t eat meat for 4 years while in high school. I thought it was cruel. I slowly added meat back into my life while in the Navy and having limited choices.
But I have always struggled with the concept of eating meat.
I wasn’t sure I could raise an adorable 40lb piglet into a 300lb hog and then eat him. It was a somewhat horrifying proposition.
But, honestly, it has all seemed very wholesome and natural. We raise these adorable piglets and calves into adults. They were well cared for. We know what they ate. The living conditions were wonderful for a farm animal.
And at 300 lbs they aren’t so cute. They are strong. And stubborn. And tasty.
I wondered how the kids would react. I wanted them to understand what they ate and where food comes from. If any decided to given up meat, as several of my nieces have, it would come from an informed decision. They would know that pork chops don’t grow on grocery store shelves in plastic.
The kids, of course, responded better than me. They were saddened at auction, but had no trouble eating the meat. It was delicious. They all wanted to raise another piglet the next year.
As we look forward to our third year rasing fair animals, it becomes routine. Simply provide comfortable living conditions, healthy food, clean water, and a clean shelter. Treat them kindly.
I never take for granted what we eat. I try very hard to cook everything and not waste. Just seems respectful to the animals