Will you eat your own pet?
October 31, 2012 4:58am CST
I have a pair of rooster and hen as a pet. They already have a pack of 7 chicks. Now that the pair already have their chicks, my uncle suggest me to let go or eat the pair. I'm dreading the idea, but it makes me wonder, will anyone eat their pet? I mean, it sounds impossible if the pet is a cat, goldfish or dog, because they are not categorize as livestock, but how about a rooster, goat or cow?
24 Dec 12
I don't eat pets even if they're categorize as a livestock. I just feel guilty and I can't bear to do that. We have chickens before and we keep them for their egg. My family would eat the eggs except for me. I don't know why but ever since I was young I had been too emotionally attached to things, people and even pets.
6 Jan 13
yup, most people will agree that the guilt itself is enough to refrain us from consuming our own pet, even if they are considered livestock. I happened to be able to eat the eggs from my hen, at the very least. So I'm saluting you for loving animal to the point that you won't even eat the eggs.
17 Nov 12
Hey we've had lots of situations like this! There's this hen when I was little.. I of course thought it was an animal to be treated as a pet like cat,dog,rabbit,doves since we have those at home too! I loved the hen too, with a name too.. Her maturity time came, where she is to be butchered and cooked :S I told them I will never eat, so my parents decided to give the cooked hen to our neighbors.. At least they've understood my sentiment.. The hen was like a friend to me.. :( So never ever will I eat any of my pet, even if they're livestocks!
• United States
26 Jan 13
Back when I was growing up, we used to raise Pigs, and chickens, and even rabbits. We did eat the chickens, some of the rabbits, and the pigs. It was hard with the ones who had become close pets as I was the oldest out of 5, and in my teens, but it was good eating as well. So personally it is your decision but if you want to leave these for breeding, then do it with the other ones instead.
• Manchester, England
1 Nov 12
This would be a very difficult decision to make. Eating chicken is a common practice so there would be nothing wrong with eating one that had been a pet, but psychologically it would certainly seem wrong. I am sure that there will be many people who would have no problem at all with the idea, but I suspect that the majority of us would not even consider it.
31 Oct 12
I never had a pet which was eventually butchered. I think, if ever, i wouldn't eat it because i took care of it. It may be an animal, but still because it was with me for many years, i already have invested some emotional aspect towards it, such as loving it like my own child.
31 Oct 12
When I was a kid, my dad brought home a young goat which they plan to roast in a week's time. The days before they'll be roasting it, I sort of took care of the young goat, played with it even. So when they'd eventually roasted it, I couldn't eat it. The thought alone made me queasy. I felt some attachment to it even if it was only a few days. So for me, it doesn't matter whether it's a pet or livestock. If there was some attachment that I've felt, I can not eat it.