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    I'm considering a shift to a more ethical diet (by my own standards) which would make me lean more toward vegetarian as free range meats are so expensive. So some sort of inverse of meatless Mondays. I think I'll at least experiment for the next month or so while local produce is cheap and plentiful.

    Edit: just saw the op so I'll expand.

    I see ethical eating as sort of a goal to work toward and not any kind of absolute standard I impose on myself or others. I have a lot of serious issues with industrial agriculture and the treatment of animals. I also see purchasing local ethical food as an investment in the community and a part of redemptive action that restores the relationship between humans and the earth and humans and animals. I don't have any issues with eating animals. The better treated they and the happier they are then the tastier they'll be.

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    I have no problem with people catching/killing their own food. I think people who eat meat but refuse to kill the animals themselves are hypocrites. Unfortunately I think I might be one though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    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.
    I commend you not wanting to distress your kids, though...you let them run off with a filet knife?

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    Yeah, it can be a little bit distressing killing stuff. You have to have a lot of clarity to make it clean, if you back off in the middle that's probably the worst. Commit. I'm normally the type that is rather attentive to what makes animals comfortable without crowding them too much so it's a bit unnatural. Like here was this critter which I'm trying to empathize with and interact with to some degree on its terms and then you kill it and it's clearly purely on my terms, I'm the predator, and it's just...dead.

    I'm not much of a fisherman or hunter, but I've cooked up small game.

    Still tastes good, regardless, in my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    I commend you not wanting to distress your kids, though...you let them run off with a filet knife?

    haha i joke i joke
    They were helping carry the fishing gear and I think it fell out of the bucket. Which I should have anticipated because I noticed it looking precarious, but it was hot and I was trying to keep the rods from tangling up. We're all a bunch of absent-minded klutzes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    Yeah, it can be a little bit distressing killing stuff. You have to have a lot of clarity to make it clean, if you back off in the middle that's probably the worst. Commit. I'm normally the type that is rather attentive to what makes animals comfortable without crowding them too much so it's a bit unnatural. Like here was this critter which I'm trying to empathize with and interact with to some degree on its terms and then you kill it and it's clearly purely on my terms, I'm the predator, and it's just...dead.

    I'm not much of a fisherman or hunter, but I've cooked up small game.

    Still tastes good, regardless, in my experience.
    I don't think I'd make a good hunter but I like to fish and I think I could raise chickens and rabbits for food. Would rather not, though. I've kept chickens and it's more work than I like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    They were helping carry the fishing gear and I think it fell out of the bucket. Which I should have anticipated because I noticed it looking precarious, but it was hot and I was trying to keep the rods from tangling up. We're all a bunch of absent-minded klutzes.


    I don't think I'd make a good hunter but I like to fish and I think I could raise chickens and rabbits for food. Would rather not, though. I've kept chickens and it's more work than I like.
    There is a sort of chicken fad going on around where I am, everyone thinks they want to raise a chicken or 3 and then they find - this isn't something you can just set up and have it work without regular maintenance.

    I suppose I would be curious about meeting the neighborhood coyotes, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    There is a sort of chicken fad going on around where I am, everyone thinks they want to raise a chicken or 3 and then they find - this isn't something you can just set up and have it work without regular maintenance.

    I suppose I would be curious about meeting the neighborhood coyotes, though.
    We had a young hawk get into our pen and the hens were not amused. It probably had flashbacks if it ever saw another chicken.

    But, yeah, feeding every morning and evening and cleaning every week or so is a drag, especially in the dead of winter. It is no doubt better than starving, but unless it looks like it's coming to that, I don't think I'm going to be that ambitious.
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    Isn't the "ethical" choice of vegetarian or veganism kind of arrogant? In that, we are blessed to have such a choice to choose what and how much to eat. Most of the world is not so lucky. Question to vegans and vegetarians for ethical reasons: how do you deal with this? Is it a judgement? Are those that need meat to live, not hunters? Is this similar or different to you? I'm just curious because this dichotomy is perplexing to me. Genuinely curious. Not being a smartass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21% View Post
    I have no problem with people catching/killing their own food. I think people who eat meat but refuse to kill the animals themselves are hypocrites. Unfortunately I think I might be one though...
    My sentiments exactly, sans the last sentence- because I'm a monster (see below, haha).

    I also know, some people are just more visually/viscerally sensitive to the sight of blood- so much so, that some might even have trouble killing an animal in a survival scenario. I guess I can't look at them ethically as hypocrites to that degree.. picturing them stranded on an island, vomiting whatever insects/plants they'd managed to find before they'd finally bludgeoned an injured seagull with a rock.. only to be unable to eat the protein rich meat.. & losing the other nutrients.. I'd just pity them. I'm being extreme here just to be an ass.. but it does have a kernel of truth to it, in some sense. /end tangent



    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    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.
    There's something primal & satisfying about being able to kill & eat something.
    I don't know how else to express that. I've seen wild turkeys blocking the road when I was on my way to the grocery store, super hungry, & I genuinely wished I could've hit them with my car or something.

    I'll take it a little step farther & admit I have an odd desire to sample the meat of almost* any animal I could encounter in North America that would make me fear for my life by getting too close.
    -Alligator (already ate it- tastes like chicken, I kinda figured)
    -Grizzly bear (I bet would be gross though I'd try a little of it on principle)
    -Shark (fish is good for you!)
    -Rattlesnake/cottonmouth/python/boa (providing the venomous ones don't bite me after I've decapitated them)
    -Most recently (after watching a documentary), the Humboldt squid.

    *I don't list any indigenous wild cats of North America who could maul me, because all kitties are friends

    I think I'd also like to eat any [meaty] animal that can live well over 100. Mostly out of spite for being able to outlive me.
    Ok, entirely out of spite.



    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    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.
    I used to love fishing when I was little/lived in Georgia (between ages 6-11)
    I ate everything I caught - mostly bass, some catfish. In hindsight, I would have been more proactive about making sure areas I fished met certain health/safe bacteria standards, since some fish are primarily benthic, or consume smaller benthic organisms. But yeah, being a little kid, I was unaware/didn't consider these things.

    Never got sick, & it all cooked well.

    My dad taught me how to kill/clean my own fish when I was about 7. I thought it was interesting. I didn't feel bad killing it, since it was such a quick decapitation.. and I knew where meat came from well before then. I found removing the organs fascinating & got yelled at for trying to keep an [expensive] encyclopedia nearby once, haha. My lack of disgust kinda creeped out/disappointed my ISFJ mother, but my readiness to learn to cook them (something more... domestic) offset some of that.


    Like I said above to Bamboo's post.. killing/eating something has a raw/natural feeling, to me.
    Maybe those of us who can stomach it are primitive beasts.
    I can accept that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    Isn't the "ethical" choice of vegetarian or veganism kind of arrogant? In that, we are blessed to have such a choice to choose what and how much to eat. Most of the world is not so lucky. Question to vegans and vegetarians for ethical reasons: how do you deal with this? Is it a judgement? Are those that need meat to live, not hunters? Is this similar or different to you? I'm just curious because this dichotomy is perplexing to me. Genuinely curious. Not being a smartass.
    Im not exactly vegan (yet) and Im not a hardliner, but I'll try to answer your question.

    You re right, we have the luxury to choose what food we consume. I do not hold it against those that need to kill in order to eat. Im aware that people have to eat and that there are many in the world that dont have the luxury we do. I personally am not opposed to eating animals, I just oppose the way in which we implement suffering from the day the animal is born, to the day it dies. And yes, this certainly happens around the world aswell, where people have less options, and yes, I do cringe for that.

    However, seeing as I *do* have the option to vote against this system with this abundance of food around me...how would it be ethical NOT to use that little bit of power I have to cast said vote and hopefully help bring about a change in mentality (something that is already happening, seeing as there are organic and bio farms now) to protect *all* creatures,not just humans from such a cruel fate?

    And for that matter, the climate change impact alone that this mentality change in people would entail is well worth it and will protect those in other parts of the world where they do not have this option yet, just the same.

    Lastly, the amount of crops the western world raises in order to feed cattle that lands on our plates is enough to actually eradicate famine around the world, which we instead put into miserable cattle bound for slaughterhouses to create the meat we so relish.

    So you tell me what is more hypocritical

    And for the record..that is a genuine question, not a judgement. I do firmly believe every person has to make this decision for themselves and shouldnt be judged for that choice. This aint something that people should be forced into, just informed on so they are aware of their options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    Isn't the "ethical" choice of vegetarian or veganism kind of arrogant? In that, we are blessed to have such a choice to choose what and how much to eat. Most of the world is not so lucky. Question to vegans and vegetarians for ethical reasons: how do you deal with this? Is it a judgement? Are those that need meat to live, not hunters? Is this similar or different to you? I'm just curious because this dichotomy is perplexing to me. Genuinely curious. Not being a smartass.
    Actually i'd argue that we have so much the market is flooded, small farmers can not produce the quantities for the prices so the industrial farms have taken over, such farming cares little for the lives of the animals it slaughters. The treatment of such animals is appalling. The waste is astounding too.


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