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Slaughtering Your Own Food

Could You Slaughter Your Own Food?

For the past week, culinary cognoscenti have hovered over the eating habits of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is now only eating meat that he kills himself. "I do think [people] should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from," he said in an email to Fortune magazine.

Others have stepped in to agree; celebrated chef Dan Barber lauded Zuckerberg for what he called "an incontestably moral act." But J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats pondered rhetorically, "[Likewise], should I have to experience what a librarian experiences before I check out a book?"

I think it's important, at some point in omnivorous life, to at least witness meat being slaughtered humanely — it adds a heightened level of awareness to the food we're eating. But would I really slaughter my meat? I'm not sure I could. What about you?

Source: Flickr User Animal Freedom

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danakscully64 danakscully64 4 years
I could never kill an innocent animal, hence why I don't eat them.
lovesitc1 lovesitc1 4 years
Like the saying goes: If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
girlA, good point. I'd add inhumanely, too, as people need to see what's going on in most of the country's slaughterhouses today.
girlA girlA 4 years
You say, 'I think it's important, at some point in omnivorous life, to at least witness meat being slaughtered humanely — it adds a heightened level of awareness to the food we're eating.' Why just humanely? I think people should see how animals are routinely slaughtered, because let's be honest, people constantly claim they eat only "humanely killed animals" but that population is miniscule compared to the rest of the meat-eating population. I think people need to see exactly how their dinner is being slaughtered--not the less than 3% who are being killed "humanely," which in my opinion is a joke--there's nothing humane about killing a animal.
Advah Advah 4 years
I completely agree with that. That's the main reason why I went vegetarian a few years ago - I saw a dead, skinned rabbit and couldn't eat it. I feel until I can handle the sight of a dead animal, I shouldn't be eating it or picking up a neatly wrapped steak in a supermarket steak. Also, that book comment is idiotic no matter what you think of the whole topic.
amber512 amber512 4 years
I think if you want to eat meat, you should be required to kill it yourself! At least once. So you can see what you're doing.
lovesitc1 lovesitc1 4 years
No way. No how. I'm a vegan and like the fact that I can look an animal in the eye and know that I won't be harming it.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 4 years
Yes I could but it would be extremely wasteful of me to do so. I only fed myself and I lack the storage space to store an entire cow or pig. I think I have just barely enough room in my freezer to store a whole chicken. I will say that the fish that I caught and prepared when I was younger always tasted better than the fish that came from the store. I appreciated it more because of the effort I had to put forth to get the creature on my plate. My mom grew up on an urban farm in Indianapolis. She used to tell me stories of how she raised chicken and goats from birth until she as a young girl of 10 had to help kill and butcher them. My mom always spoke fondly of the family cows and how she loved lying underneath them drinking milk from their udders and how she knew the TLC her family gave them made them taste better. As a full on city-kid I at first was appalled then she explained that in the 40s that is the way it was you gathered your own food.
GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Nothing bigger than a chicken if I had to do it. I have seen goats being slaughtered (and pigs and cows) and the smell alone is enough to say no thank you. Just too freaking messy for me.
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
I did a bit of fishing when I was a child, but cleaning duty always went to Dad! In college, when I would go out with friends on a boat, I would always give the boat owner my catch as thanks for the day on the lake. So, my answer is "nope." Like others, I would like to think that I could. Most likely with fish and seafood. But I am pretty sure that I would live a baconless existence if I had to actually slaughter a pig!
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
although i can't be certain, for the sakes of argument, that i'd be happy to do it where i live now - it would be weird (and possibly illegal?) to perhaps slaughter a large animal in say, and urban place like an apartment in new york, so maybe you have to respect your environment and those around you too!
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
YES! i have (chicken, seafood, amphibians..) and if it were up to me, i'd probably slaughter all my own meat. growing up in africa & latin america, around animals, farms and herders etc, being squeamish was totally out of the question - as kids we caught/trapped whatever could be found outdoors and prepared it into tasty food (of course, my parents didn't always approve...). my experience is that once you have taken the life of another creature, especially at close quarters (i.e. with a knife, as opposed to shooting it from afar) your value of and for meat changes. subsequently, i choose my sources of meat very judiciously - organic, sustainable, reared humanely. i also do not eat meat in fast food joints or restaurants which are not associated with animal rearing practices i believe in, and i find a way to cook or utilise everything (eg making stock out of the bones etc).
lauren lauren 4 years
I have to agree with Katie, I think I could but I am not sure if I could really go through with the act!
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 4 years
I'd like to think that I could do it, but who knows? There's a lot of blood in Kenji's story...
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