Having just watched Food Inc..

I tend to agree with this post… from phiLOLZophy…

The gist of the post is to disagree with Aaron Sorkin, who argues that hunting is worse than eating already dead meat — because the person doing the consuming in the latter case isn’t killing the animal themselves.

I agree with the observation that intentionally and humanely killing an animal whose life was pleasant is much better (or, at least not worse) than eating an animal whose life was also unpleasant before being slaughtered.

I also think that if I had to kill the animals I intended to eat, I’d probably be a vegetarian… so, call me a hypocrite if you’d like… that’s how I see it.  The main conclusion of Food Inc. is that we are dreadfully disconnected from the source of our food.  This is a result of industrial means of production and the fact that a few companies are in control of the vast majority of our food production.  Andy and I have been writing about it…

Something that isn’t mentioned in the phiLOLZophy article is the culture of hunting and how it helps families bond.  Hubby’s sister’s husband’s family (my in-law’s in-laws..) is a prime example of this.  They  have a family tradition of deer hunting.  The kids see being allowed to walk along, then eventually shoot as a sign of maturity. Most of the family participates in part of the deer season every year — which, here in MN is one of the unofficial holidays (the other is the fishing opener).

The In-laws family hunting process is something the men do — they plan, execute and butcher the deer.  They also evenly distribute the venison across the families who participate, no matter who actually shoots what.

There are two things I really appreciate about this process, one is the way in which it lets the kids and men bond in the family.  There are few means and mechanisms for this in our society — for the most part men and their kids are separated, with moms doing most of the activities etc.

The other thing I appreciate is that the family divides the venison equally.  For a stoutly Republican family, this is a pretty Socialist move — and I like it.  It recognizes the effort of all involved and insures that someone with the lucky tree stand doesn’t get more than the folks who don’t happen to be where the deer are.  The families enjoy the venison, tell hunting stories over dinner and generally have a good family memory of a bonding moment that isn’t materialistic (like Christmas..).

So, while I’m really unsure about whether or not animals have rights, I am sure that the in-laws’ venison dinners are at least as ethical, if not significantly more ethical, than the Big Mac I had last week.

and, don’t even get me started on the production of commercial chicken…. eeewwwwww….


One Response

  1. Love your view point on hunting. I eat elk and deer as often as most people eat beef. It’s healthy and I know that it’s not been injected with antibiotics and hormones.
    Growing up in the burbs, I never had the opportunity to hold a gun much less fire it to kill an animal. Guns were evil and something only bad people had.
    Since moving and living in Colorado, I have not only shot a gun but have had the pleasure of being the first female at the family hunting camp. I wasn’t there to cook or clean. I was there to hunt. Everyone did their part to make sure that the hunt was successful for all and no one person was left with all the work. I have shot an elk and a deer for meat. I have assisting with the gutting, skinning, hanging and butchering and am proud to say that if push came to shove, I could do it again by myself.
    In our house we have a saying, “If you kill it, you eat it.”. I believe that has saved the life of many robins in my backyard. Now my son will venture out with bow in hand ready to make a “blind” where he will sit for hours (yes sit still) waiting for the perfect shot. I pray that the day that he gets something it’s not the neighbors cat.
    Sorry for the rant. Just a passionate topic.

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