Month: December 2011

Understanding the role of animals on a homestead

I am not quick to get misty eyed. I don’t typically display my true feelings in a public setting. I don’t even speak in hushed tones or whispered innuendoes when broaching difficult subjects. But I am also not hard hearted, cold, or overly-stoic. The first time I killed a chicken though and began to dress her for meat harvest I could feel the cold, steely, tears, rolling down my cheek. My wife pretended not to notice I think. She at least never said anything. I felt so foolish. Why was I crying? Wasn’t it I that chose to raise the chicken and then slaughter it for meat? Wasn’t it I who took on the responsibility of animal husbandry? If I cared so much for the humanity of this animal why was I preparing to eat it anyway? And within moments I realized that my understanding of the food chain, food sourcing, sustainability, and animal stewardship, made me every bit as human as the tears that dried and crusted just at the point my rough skin met with my beard. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. ~ Genesis 9:3 I am not a vegetarian. I am not a vegan. I neither condone nor condemn such a diet. My family is one of carnivores though. We eat meat....

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