Can you eat your own animals?

@mermaidivy (15416)
United States
December 16, 2009 12:24pm CST
Do you own a farm? Do you own any animals like lamb, cow, chicken etc? I know people who own them will just feed them until a day they will sell the animals... I don't think I would be that kind of person that will sell the own animals even though they worth $$and keep you from starving... I am very attached to the animals all the time(even stuff animals) so there is no possible way I could do that. Think about you see, them, feed, them, pet them everyday just like part of your family, you need to eat/sell them someday? that's sad...
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@reploid (1341)
• France
16 Dec 09
I own a dog. I don't think I have the heart to eat my dog or any dog. I prefer vegetables anyway. I'm not vegetarian but I'm trying to be.
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@mermaidivy (15416)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Eat the dog? No way...
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
20 Dec 09
That's why you have to separate from your actual pets and your commercial animals. It is indeed hard to be attached to a pet only to sell or eat them. In this case, if you own a farm, its best to see them not as family but as food. It is much more easier. If your personality is like what you have then its best to not have a farm full of animals. It is quite hard to raise them all just as pets. In that case you can turn it into a zoo. That way you get to be with the animals, not eat and sell them, and still get a bit of profit for maintenance and for the food that the animals need to live.
@jands1 (835)
• United States
19 Dec 09
While I do not own a farm, I am from people that did and butchering hogs, chickens, doves & sheep were just part of daily life. Usually people that have farms and keep a few animals for food, as opposed to a ranch whereas all animals are kept. There is simply too much to do on a daily basis on ranches/farms to grow overly attached to too many animals. In addition, if you are aware, from day 1 that "Cluckly" the chicken will be a nice roasted hen, there is a psychological distancing that usually does occur. Finally, in order for any human to survive, something must die be it an animal with emotions or a plant that some think have emotions.
@maezee (32558)
• United States
16 Dec 09
One of my parent's good friends does this. Personally this makes me want to CRY my EYES out. I find it to be SO incredibly sad. I'm a vegetarian, so naturally sensitive about eating MEAT ANYTHING - but isn't it worse when you raise them yourselves? And you see them grow, from cute little babies to cute fuzzy adults? I don't know. Maybe you just have to be thick skinned. I know I certainly couldn't do it. It's heartbreaking!
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
Oh yes - I grew up on a farm and we used to butcher the chickens every fall and freeze them for meals during the winter. We raise cattle and have a steer butchered in the spring and fall for beef. Theres a difference growing up on a farm - we were taught theres pets and then theres farm animals...we dont eat our pets...but the cattle...sheep...pigs...etc we raise for food...for us or for sale to others. Not to sound uncaring or anything but....you learn not to get attached to all the animals on the farm.