Could YOU Eat an Animal You Raised?

OH!  I could NEVER do that!

Things I could NEVER do.

By the way, whether you eat pastured meat, conventional meat or McDonalds “meat” –  I’m not dogging you.  I just get miffed when people tell me I’m cruel because I want to eat clean meat that I raised lived a happy life.  

Some call this the UNBucket list.  

Here are 10 things I could never do:

  1. Sky dive.
  2. Bungee Jump.
  3. Have an affair.
  4. Wear stiletto heels…  I sprang the same ankle 3 times & I’m pretty sure if I attempted to wear 6 inch heels we would be at the emergency room for #4
  5. Post a picture of myself in a bikini on social anything.  Not that you’ll ever even see me in a bikini period.  But if it should ever happen it will be for DH and no one else.  🙂
  6. Get a tattoo.  I know it’s pretty cool these days & everyone is doing it.  I’m not judging, it’s just not me.  I can’t think of anything I want permanently plastered on my body.   Heck, my body is not even mine according to 1 Cor 6:19.  It belongs to DH according to 1 Cor 7:14.  So I suppose it’s up to God or DH if my body is going to be forever marked with some sort of emblem.
  7. Do recreational drugs.  A glass of wine is enough for me.
  8. Go to a nude beach – see #5.
  9. Run a marathon – see #4
  10. Attempt Natural childbirth.  Not that I’m planning on having any more children, but if I was to have a fluke pregnancy, you can bet that when I go into labor I’m gonna say, “yes” to everything they offer me.   I take back #7…. I will gladly do drugs if I am in the process of giving birth & they are offered to me by my doctor.  Yes please.

Sorry if you are disappointed in me.  Sorry if you like stilettos, tattoos and have lost your mind give birth naturally.

Different strokes, folks.

So, the reason I even brought up my UnBucket list is because of a conversation I had recently.

I met a nice lady. She lives on a farm.  She raises chickens.  She is getting pigs.

I naturally put 2 and 2 together and assumed that her pigs were food.  After all, this is why God made pigs, right?

Well…. no… I learned pretty quickly (and abruptly) that her pigs are not food.

She responded to my assumption that she was bringing home a litter of piggies so she could eat bacon with shock and horror.

“OH!  I COULD NEVER DO THAT!”

Never eat an animal she raised.  Not a chicken.  Not a pig.  Not a cow.  Definitely not a rabbit.  No way.  No animals she raised.

Never.

She was eating a cheeseburger, by the way.

As she learned the horrors of my lifestyle choice to raise my own food her face continued to devolve.

Really.  She looked at me like I was Dr. Kevorkian.

As the conversation continued my mind went sailing…. I couldn’t help but think of all the animal-lovers who would NEVER eat an animal they raised…….

BUT they will happily purchase their pork chops in cute little plastic-wrapped packages from Costco.

Arg.

If you know me – you either should leave or brace yourself because this just gets my goat.

I am the cruel one.

I am the sicko who is raising rabbits and eating them.

I am the monster who loves, cares for and enjoys her cows and then eats them (or sells them so someone else can eat them).

I’m weird.

I’m mean.

I’m heartless.

I’m brutal.

I’m calloused.

I’m ruthless.

I’m inhumane.

I’m uncaring, insensitive and hardened.

Can I just say that I think everyone is crazy?  Yes, they are most definitely WRONG – but they are also insane.

I believe it’s the complete opposite.

THE WAY I SEE IT:

I’m the loving, kind, compassionate, gentle and considerate one on this 2 sided debate.

Really.

Do these people ever even consider how the animal was raised that they are eating?

Do they know how it was treated?

Do they know the conditions of its death?

Do they know how the animal was handled, fed, killed and processed?

What about the conditions of it’s living quarters?  What about the sheer size (think tiny) of where it was housed?  Then there’s the  number of animals that were crammed into those living quarters.  What else the animal was exposed to?  What about mortality?  How many of it’s roommates died because of living conditions?

Not to mention antibiotic-laced feed, hormones or drugs it may have been given to prevent infection (that often comes from cramped, less-than-ideal living situations and low quality diet).

Would they still want to eat it if they knew?

I realize that most of the alert world has no idea how animals being raised for food are actually raised here in America.  If you would like a glimpse….  go to google and type in CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation).  Then go to “images.”  Your eyes will be opened.  Poor poor animals.

Sidenote:  If you operate a CAFO with happy grazing animals who are not confined to buildings and concrete- great job.  Unfortunately, most CAFO’s are not places I would want to live (or work).

Every time we buy food we are voting.

When we buy the commercially raised meat we are voting to put another pig in a concrete building and feed it corn.

When we buy pastured meats or free-range eggs we are voting for free animals.

These ‘animal lovers’ who could NEVER kill and eat their own meat, but who are purchasing commercially raised animals are the ones putting animals in cruel situations.

I’m not cruel.

I’m loving.  I’m kind.  I care for my animals.  I love raising livestock.  I love eating meat.  I am raising happy, healthy, grazing animals.

This equates to not only, happy animals but some of the healthiest meat one can eat.  Animals who are raised on pasture in sunshine can not even be compared nutritionally to their CAFO ( and feedlot) counterparts.

People who eat pastured meats have diets higher in good fats not to mention CLA  (conjugated linoleic acid) – which is a miracle food.  Just a few of the benefits of eating pastured meat and dairy include:  Lower risk of diabetes, cancer,  heart disease (source),  Lower (bad) cholesterol,  Improved metabolism (increased levels of fat burning) and Healthier immune systems.

It’s not just your health that is improved if animals are raised in pastures.  The animals are healthier, the farmers (taking care of the animals) are healthier and the meat is better for the consumers who eat the animal.

It is a win-win.  Everyone benefits when animals are free.

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What do you think?  Do you think I’m the cruel one?

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XO,

Candi

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