Could you kill an animal for food.

@mssnow (9493)
United States
June 7, 2007 11:31am CST
My ex used to go hunting every year and kill a deer. We would have venison all the next year. I liked the taste of venison. But i told him I could never kill an animal for food. I would turn vegetarian first. If its already killed and sliced into cuts of meat, then yes I can eat it. I just cant look at a beautiful animal and kill it. What about you? If you needed food would you kill an animal to eat. or would you go hunt berries and nuts? Do you hunt or know someone who hunts? What about fish can you kill a fish for food?
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
8 Jun 07
I love animals, and yes they are beautiful...but snow, if I was hungry ( and lets assume somehow all the supermarkets in the world disappeared ) of course I could kill an animal for food - with my bare hands if needed:) I eat meat. Just because the meat appears in the supermarket all pretty and cut nicely already it is still an animal, and it was still killed for me to eat. I assume that responsibility - that animals are killed by others for me to eat - and I would assume the responsibility of killing an animal to eat as well. I have nothing against hunting an animal to eat. I do however have serious problems with people killing animals for fun, or for any other reasons that have nothing to do with my survival - for example. long. long time ago, when there were no clothes right there in the store around the corner, I would find it perfectly alright to kill an animal for its fur, if I needed to get something to cover me because of the cold. Nowadays, I do not accept killing animals for fur so I can have a fur coat that looks pretty. I do not hunt, but I have a few friends that do.
@Galena (9123)
8 Jun 07
fantastic post. and I'd rather wring a chicken than buy a KFC bargain bucket, because I'd know the animal was treated with respect and lived as a chicken should.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
8 Jun 07
Exactly galena, and I"m with you with the KFC bucket too. Animals live and they with their own dignity. They also fight - for various reasons - and sometimes are killed or badly hurt in those fights. It's part of life. Many animals hunt for food as well, like we do. What they don't do is hunting just for the fun of it like some of us do. They hunt when they're hungry, eat and then wait until they're hungry again. We're part of the "animals" that hunt for our food, and, like them, we can also find food from other sources but meat is part of our diet - for most of us that are not vegetarian -. This is natural and acceptable. Probably even more acceptable and natural than the way some animals are raised - like KFC chicken for example - in awful conditions just for us to eat. SO it puzzles me how some people have trouble killing an animal to eat that lived a free and - I'm sure - interesting life and then can eat KFC or something similar that grew up in a completely strange and un-natural element with the sole purpose of feeding us. At least the hunted animal had a chance.
• United States
7 Jun 07
My husband is the hunter in the family but hasn't gone out since we've been together. I have no problem with people legally hunting for food at all. If we were hungry and needed the food, yes I could do it. It would have to be birds though, wild turkeys, ducks, doves or quail. I couldn't pull the trigger on a deer unless I was starving. Fishing is fine. I went fishing a lot when I was a kid into my early 20's. I've caught many a rainbow trout! Yummy.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I have never caught a fish. I get too bored lol. But even if i caught one i would feel sorry for it and probably throw it back lol
@tammyr (5955)
• Etowah, Tennessee
7 Jun 07
I can not get into fishing much either, but while we were camping a few times, there was nothing better to do. I use to go a lot as a teen, and young adult. Now I have to take my daughter from time to time. Thank goodness she doesn't catch anything!LOL She would be just as happy catching minnows in a net most of the time.
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
7 Jun 07
Hey ! I'm used to eating meat and chicken ...but never can I hurt even for food an animal or a bird . I just cannot stand the excruciating pain the poor animal or bird faces when it is subjected for our food needs .
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Yes sometimes they do go through a lot of pain.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
7 Jun 07
i do eat meats, too and i love the taste of them. but just like you, i cannot kill them! i feel so sad and hurt just by thinking about it now. i don't wanna see any animal go through pain. i just don't have the courage to do so... anne
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I have never killed an animal for any reason on purpopse. But I guess if I was hungry enough I might be able to do it. But skinning it and figuring what parts to eat might be a different story. Cooking it might not be too difficult, as long as I could start a fire. Berries and nut? I wouldn't know which ones are safe to eat. Fishing? That depends on if I was close to water.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I have read books on edible plants. So i think i would be ok that way.
@HighReed1 (1126)
• United States
7 Jun 07
If I needed food, I could hunt. I already fish and go after crabs. We only keep what we can use. The rest we throw back. My husband hunts. He doesn't shoot more than we (or someone we know) can use. He doesn't hunt for sport or cheat with feeders. If he's not good enough, the animal wins.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Yes well if i did have to hunt it would only be for food too not for sport. Thanks
• United States
8 Jun 07
I'll put it this way, you are much less selfish than I am. If my kid were hungry, I would do whatever I had to to make sure he ate. If that means killing an animal because there are no fruit trees or bushes about, then that's what it means. I'm an animal lover too, but if that is what it took to make sure my son got something to eat, then so be it. If it were just me to worry about, I could make it a few days to search out some berries or a walnut tree (that's the only kind of nut tree I've ever seen around here), or maybe even a stream to try and nab me a fish. But in all honesty, after that few days and still nothing else to eat, I'm afraid I'd have to find a way to trap a rabbit or something. I've never been hunting, but a friend cleaned a deer in our garage once, and I'm glad I was warned of what was going on out there before I ventured out with cold drinks and got an awful surprise. I can see your point, that would make it difficult to cook and eat it. Off topic a little, we live in farmland, and most of the folks we know that raise hogs or beef will trade the butcher for someone else's meat instead of eating the meat they raised. I would be the same way if we raised animals for meat. I couldn't eat one that I had been feeding every day. Oh, and a cute little offtopic story my grandma once told me about my dad... She said if someone said they were having chicken for dinner, my dad would cry and refuse to eat it. It had to be called "meat" to get him to eat it. Poor daddy, guilt over eating dinner...he was a really little boy then. Ok, I'm done running off into memory lane, lol. Good topic, btw.
@gunny685 (50)
• Mexico
8 Jun 07
I kill one buck every year, the meat is great! When people say that they hate the idea of animals being killed for food, I always wonder where they think the meat in stores come from.
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I wouldnt like it, but I would if it were between my kids having a full tummy and not. I would like them to have some meat, that's just me though. I wouldnt like to harm an animal though. They really are beautiful. My dad hunts and gets venison and I can't eat it. I do eat other meats though. I could definatly kill a fish for food if I had to. For some reason it would be harder for me to kill a deer than it would be for me to kill a fish.
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• United States
7 Jun 07
I don't know. I suppose anything is possible if I needed to do it, but I can't do it knowing that I could go to the store and get some food (although those meats were obtained the same way). I guess when it comes down to it, I would only personally kill an animal if there was need; otherwise, I would head to the store and get meat killed and cut by someone else. I would probably go for berries or nuts, too, but sometimes you don't always know what nuts or berries are good for you. I don't hunt or know anyone that does, so I guess I don't know/understand their thinking.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Yeah I lived with a hunter for about 20 years and i still dont understand it lol
@Galena (9123)
8 Jun 07
if you killed something yourself it would probably be a lot more humane than most of the meat in the shops.
• United States
8 Jun 07
You got that right, Galena. Farm/small town butchers (and farmers) are way more humane than that mass producing of the same.
@Galena (9123)
8 Jun 07
yes I could. I eat meat, so I'd be a hypocrite if I couldn't. I'm hoping to start keeping chickens for eggs and meat.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
8 Jun 07
My grandma would keep chickens. i remember one time watching her chop the head off of a chicken. It was not a fun site for 5 year old child. It flopped around for awhile after words. I still have that picture in my head.
@Galena (9123)
8 Jun 07
I think wringing the neck is more humane. too much margin for not making a clean kill with decapitation
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I believe if I absolutely had to kill an animal for food, I may be able to do it. My husband hunts deer every year also and we fix deer jerky with the meat and he mounts the deer or the antlers to hang on the wall. i have wnet hunting with him before but I just couldn't shoot anything either. I like to fish but I don't eat fish. We catch and release them back to the water.
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I love venison pepproni i could eat that all day long lol
• India
8 Jun 07
Previously i used to eat a lot of meat....But one while eating i felt like the animal i am eating is still alive inside n calling for help....from tat day i become a pure vegetarian...I am not eating meat from tat time ....I dont feel right to take someone elses life to fulfill our taste ....So i am against hunting...I feel everyone should follow the same thing...n adopt vegetarian appetite
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jun 07
You are not taking "someone's" life when you eat meat. Hunting animals to feed your family has been done for ages. Even though we don't find it necessary to get out there and hunt in these modern times, we still have the habit of eating meat(which has been killed and dressed for us). Don't say what you won't do until you are faced with the choice.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
7 Jun 07
My husband hunts and fishes and I go with him. I love the taste of venison, it's healthier than what we get in the stores, it's leaner and not pumped up with hormones and antibiotics. Through the years, a deer in the freezer got us through some pretty lean times when I had four children at home to feed.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Yes same here. when my boys were little we had plenty of venison to feed them.
• United States
7 Jun 07
I have no problems eating the food that is killed, but like you there is no way I could go out and shoot something myself. Its just not in me. Plently of my family hunts and enjoys it very much, it just isn't for me. I like to fish, but I don't like to eat fish. lol
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
LOL I love to eat fish I dont like to catch fish lol
• India
7 Jun 07
I am a die hard non vegetarian bt i cann't kill any animal h=just for food. I have not killed any animal and i cann't even think about that. If at any time in future I have to do it then I will surely prefer to go for vegetarian food.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
yes me too
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
7 Jun 07
i myself can't kill an animal. that's why i buy processed meats i find in supermarkets than kill them myself for food. i take care of chickens. but i never kill any of them and eat them. i just don't feel like it. my mom laughs at me about it... taking care of chickens and treating them as pets... i can't kill them for food. and i buy chicken meats per kilo in grocery stores. but i really can't eat my own chickens. maybe if it's already about survival, i can. but if it's not that extreme needs to kill them on my own, i won't. take care... anne
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
awww thats so cute pet chickens lol thats probably what i would do too. lol
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Nope, i will never do that! I had a pet rabbit once and my father gave it to his friend and he killed it for BBQ as I went to his house one day and my sister told me that was my rabbit and I spit it out and cried. My hubby used to hunt but don't like to kill it or eat it.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Your father gave it away? How mean. My father made me give up a pet chicken once. Im sure my grandmother ended up cooking it too. But i will never know . I would have cried too.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
10 Jun 07
I would not kill an animal for food. I do not even fish for fish to eat. What I eat is already killed for sales. Hence, even if I were to eat it, I would be helping the person who killed it absorb some bad karma, which in turn, generate some good karma for myself.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
8 Jun 07
I personally couldn't do it, but I have no problem with people hunting. My husband does, and we enjoy the meat he gets. For that matter, I eat chicken, beef, etc, and have no problem with it.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Well, mssnow, we never really know what we are capable of until we are faced with making the choice. I love animals, too, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't kill one in order to avoid starving. I would hate to do it, but survival comes first. I grew up on a farm where slaughter of animals was carried out on a seasonal basis. It is not pretty, but we all have to eat. I feel that if it is done in a humane manner there is nothing wrong with it.