Our friend (let's call her Mary) said that she could never eat one of our pigs; even though she would never see it, the thought that we had raised it and then had it killed would make it impossible for her to eat it. She said that if we ever invite her over to dinner, please don't serve her pork.
I said okay, we would have chicken. But when Mary found out we slaughter our meat birds ourselves, she was even more horrified. She could never eat our chicken, either.
I said, "Well, at least our animals have a wonderful life and a very quick and easy death compared to the thousands of chickens or pigs crammed into factory farms which have horrible lives and more horrible deaths."
"Surely not the ones we buy at our local Bi-Lo?" said her husband, whom we'll call George. "Absolutely!" I replied. "Unless you buy 'natural' or 'organic' meat from Whole Foods or Earth Fare, you can be sure that any meat you buy in any local grocery store has died a horrible death following a horrible life."
1) It's on a website called "ChooseVeg" whose goal is to convert you to a vegetarian. I am not and will never be a vegetarian. I believe ChooseVeg is throwing the baby out with the bath water. Yes, their featured factory farms and slaughter houses treat animals in such a way that makes you glad there is a hell--and hope there's a special corner there reserved for every person who appeared in this video! But there is no law that says animals MUST be treated that way! In case you haven't noticed, I'm showing you a different way through these pictures. And if you argue that everyone can't raise their own animals like us, I'll agree--and I'll also encourage you to check out the farms in my blog list. There are many, many of them out there humanely raising natural meat, milk and eggs for conscientious consumers.
I am no longer agonizing over what to feed George and Mary. I will unapologetically serve them our chicken or our pork. I'll warn them in advance and let them know that if that is not agreeable to them, they are welcome to bring something from home.
And then I'll encourage them to watch this video. Ignorance may be an excuse--until someone tells you the truth. There is no excuse for willful, blind ignorance of the truth!
I'm not buying any more meat in grocery stores unless I drive all the way to Whole Foods or Earth Fare and pay their exorbitant prices! Those prices are worth a clear conscience. I will picture our happy, content animals as I drive an hour there and an hour back.
Now watch this video!
Meet Your Meat