Welcome to another Friday and this week I would like to cover the topic of killing critters. As for the whole Lion Cecil thing, the media sure seemed to care about it more than almost all else. Not sure why though when one looks at all the killing of animals we do every second here in America. I support land management or hunting since it is one of the only ways to ensure that populations of deer don’t get out of control and then begin starving etc.
In America on average we slaughter 100,000 Critters per hour twenty-four hours a day. Including cattle, swine, and poultry. The figure does not include fish and seafood. I have written before on the amount of water it takes to raise a pound of beef (1800-2500 gallons), and from a logical perspective that is not a reasonable trade-off.
At eighteen I took my first rifle, a 30/30, into the rocky mountains and shot my first and last rabbit. I was shown how to dress it (gut it) and then had a friend cook it for me, and we ate it. Yes, kind of like chicken. I have had zero interest in killing one ever since. Watching a critters life run out of them can do that for you.
I used to go deer hunting almost every Thanksgiving and I enjoyed spending time with those I hunted with but never managed to shoot a deer. I shot at a couple of them but could find no blood indicating I hit one. The last time I hunted my buddy and I came across a heard of turkeys, and he took down a mighty tom. I do miss the camaraderie, as it was about sharing stories and laughter. My wife is convinced I have become a softy over the years and never wanted to kill a deer in the first place.
Today I have less interest in eating meat than I ever thought possible. I am sure at some point I too will likely drop my name into the vegetarian hat. When I eat a meatless or an animal product-less meal, I always feel better about it. Since reading the China Study, critter flesh has taken a back seat.
At brunch this morning I tried vegan “pulled pork” for the first time and was not disappointed. It was made with jackfruit and though a bit heavy on the vinegar it was really good. There are hundreds of meat replacements available and avoiding soy may limit them but is well worth it.
I never thought I would care about such things, and yet I do. If you’re a huge fan of meat, I get it. Consider learning more about industrialized meat and the benefits of grass-fed and pasture raised meats. Consider joining many folks for meatless Mondays and see how satisfying meatless can be. I used to be of the opinion that “we are at the top of the food chain” and today it is more the thought of “nothing had to die for this meal”.
Have an amazing weekend. We are wrapping up editing on the audio version of Nutritional Truths, and I should be telling you next week it is available on iTunes etc. Please share this as you deem appropriate and Be Well!