Feb 28th, 2007
We started watching a documentary film called "Animals" last night. It is about a Canadian urban dweller that decides to become a rural farmer. One of the reasons he wanted to become a farmer was a decision that if he is going to continue to eat meat; he’s going to raise and slaughter the animals himself. This practice is easier said than done…and this is the focus of the documentary. The farmer ends up enlisting the help of some of his neighbors to show him how to slaughter and "dress" his animals. Although I’m not a huge fan of seeing animals get killed, this is the humane and correct way to do it. These animals all lived happy long lives on a farm and were killed with respect (they all had names). And while it is not feasible for all of us to move out of the city to start a farm, it is our responsibility as compassionate (and healthy) people to buy meat from farmers who support this way of farming. Even for larger scale farms, this is still a viable way to raise animals.
The documentary is worth a watch and gives us city slickers a view on what it is like to live on a farm. We will finish watching it tonight and I will let you know if anything else of interest comes out of it.
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