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    I am vegetarian. All the major reasons are in there for me, but health/nutrition and religion/spiritual are the top two for me.
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    Let's say there was a race of aliens that looked like lobsters and cooked like lobsters and tasted like lobsters.

    Well Lobstermen could talk like us and work like us and build things and hang out and we could even be friends.

    Would it be ok to eat them?

    Huh.





    I'd prefer not to, but I guess so. Would it be ok to keep Lobstermen in a cage to raise them for food and slavery? Nah, that doesn't seem right.

    As it is now, I'll eat basically anything that was once alive. It's what I seem to be designed for.
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    Vegetabletarianism, was brought up vegie... given a choice aged six or seven in front of a field of soon to be slaughtered calfs... with the explanation of how they would end up on plates in full detail of course.

    It's no surprise i am in it for the love. I abhor the mass production and abysmal treatment that animals have to suffer. I have no issues with people killing animals for survival, most would find it very difficult though.
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    I eat meat. I love a thick ribeye or filet mignon nice and pink in the middle. It's delicious and I feel better when I eat meat.

    The ethics of meat-eating does concern me, especially the way we do things in the US. It's pretty horrible. However, it's not like we're a lot more ethical in our treatment of the humans that harvest a lot of our produce, and humans hold more value to me than animals.

    Ideally, I would eat organic, ethically grown/raised and harvested foods, but that isn't within or budget at this time unless I want to spend all of my time cooking and washing dishes, which I don't.

    We are working toward more ethical living as best we can, though. Our next step will probably be switching from purchasing food and sundries at Sam's to Costco, but that will increase out drive from fifteen minutes to ninety minutes each way, so we won't be able to do it every week like we do now. So that will take some planning, but we're hoping we can take this step to support a business that offers better treatment to the humans that work there.
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    Consider the Kangaroo

    It's good for our health to eat lots of fruit, vegetables and sprouts, and small amounts of nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish, oysters and milk, and even smaller amounts of eggs, chicken, turkey, beef and kangaroo.

    Kangaroos are delicious, grass fed, fat free and free roaming. We have many more kangaroos than people but are reluctant to eat our national symbol so we export our kangaroos. So eat a kangaroo and munch on the national symbol of Oz. "Take that, you Aussie bastards", you can say as you bite into your kangaroo for lunch or even dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    It's good for our health to eat lots of fruit, vegetables and sprouts, and small amounts of nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish, oysters and milk, and even smaller amounts of eggs, chicken, turkey, beef and kangaroo.

    Kangaroos are delicious, grass fed, fat free and free roaming.
    I really want to try a kangaroo, in all seriousness. I discovered a restaurant in Philadelphia that serves gator.

    Ok, I just pissed a lot of people in this thread off, talking about all the dead animals I haven't eaten. Oops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msg_v2 View Post
    I really want to try a kangaroo
    It will put a hop in your step.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    Let's say there was a race of aliens that looked like lobsters and cooked like lobsters and tasted like lobsters.

    Well Lobstermen could talk like us and work like us and build things and hang out and we could even be friends.

    Would it be ok to eat them?
    I don't eat lobsters anyway. I'm scared of lobsters.

    But talking about lobsters, my cousin worked in a kitchen once, and after seeing a half-killed lobster trying to crawl away for its life, he just lost all appetite for meat forever. He's been vegetarian for about five years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21% View Post
    I don't eat lobsters anyway. I'm scared of lobsters.

    But talking about lobsters, my cousin worked in a kitchen once, and after seeing a half-killed lobster trying to crawl away for its life, he just lost all appetite for meat forever. He's been vegetarian for about five years now.
    I've been catching crawfish lately just wandering around. Similar enough.

    I feel sorta bad dropping them in the water, but I don't know if I would have the same reaction. Most animals I kill I have the general desire to consume for food, even snakes I've killed out of fear, though I haven't eaten one of those yet.

    I don't know what that says about me.

    Animals I don't want to eat are generally rodents or animals I've put out of misery, like the slowly dying mice cats catch. (Is rabbit a rodent? I'd eat a rabbit.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    I've been catching crawfish lately just wandering around. Similar enough.

    I feel sorta bad dropping them in the water, but I don't know if I would have the same reaction. Most animals I kill I have the general desire to consume for food, even snakes I've killed out of fear, though I haven't eaten one of those yet.

    I don't know what that says about me.

    Animals I don't want to eat are generally rodents or animals I've put out of misery, like the slowly dying mice cats catch. (Is rabbit a rodent? I'd eat a rabbit.)
    I killed and gutted four fish with one of those combination steak/butter knives the other night. Someone else caught them and didn't want them and my kids had lost my filet knife. I was a little grossed out and had to get passed it to eat the fish, but eat them I did and kept them down, so I'm pretty sure I could get used to killing my own critters if I needed to. You just try to make it quick so they don't suffer long. I was more worried about distressing my kids than anything else.
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