Will I eat any more meat?
For about three years, I have taken in primarily vegen to vegetarian whole foods-with a rare addition of animal flesh.
Now, I am at a dietary crossroad; am I going to eat any meat.
I have decided to make it a moral imperative to at least be aware of the conditions of the life and harvesting of the living, sentient animal I chose to consume.
My concern lies partly in the cohabitation of our lives but also in the importance of the animal’s living and killing conditions. As I study nutrition and the affect lifestyle has on chronic diseases, I keep wondering what role factory based animal husbandry has had on the nutrient quality of the animals we eat. Just looking at the economics of my personal organic egg production input costs vs what the eggs would need to cost to make a profit, make me wonder how this is done to get the reduced costs of non-organic food.
The new book “A Plea for the Animals” by Mattieu Richard, (author of “Happiness” and “Altruism”) just came across my radar.
I have chosen to delay in eating meat until I have a chance of reading and contemplating the words of this author whom I respect. If I decide to eat meat, I have decided to be a compassionate caretaker and life ender of the animals I wish to consume.
What I read of the Native Americans was there was both sadness for the life lost and thankfulness for the gift given out of respect for the animal.
That will be the minimum payment on my part.
To help me with this journey of decision,
I had the great opportunity to help some friends in the butchering of about 48 chickens yesterday. I decided to experience the process to assist me in the decision of where I wish to go with my personal choice of consumption.
Before every rooster I killed, I looked him in the eye and thanked him for the nutrients he will share with those consuming its flesh.
There is a price to be paid beyond $.
Caring About Self and Others-animals.