Will you eat your own pet?

@shaqziad (655)
Malaysia
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?
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16 responses
• Philippines
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.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
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.
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
It's kind of weird hearing that from you. Most people would actually laugh at me or think I'm thinking too much. Thanks though!!!
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
4 Apr 13
Nah, no need to thank me. I just tell what i think of you. I'm sure you really likes animal, especially pets. That's all.
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@meowchie (992)
• Philippines
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!
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
18 Nov 12
Did you? I think that's terrible to do to a beloved pet. Fortunately your family did not force you to eat the pitiful hen yourself. It will feel like you eat your own friend, right?
@meowchie (992)
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
Yes i did not.. I even gave the hen a name, yes treated it as a friend.. I thought all animals are pet when I was younger..So the love I had for the home animals, I've given it to the hen too. :D
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 12
Yup. When little kids give name to toys, doll or pet, it means they treasure it. Same goes to you when you are little. I think it's cute of you to think of all animals as pet, even when you are little. As kid, I remember getting scared at dogs.
@doroffee (4233)
• Hungary
31 Oct 12
If I see them as pets, and they grew to me, I wouldn't. If I keep them merely as livestock, I would.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
31 Oct 12
I see. So it depend on how you think of them. In my case, the pair is very close to me. Of course i think of them as cute pets, not delicious meal.
• Sweden
31 Oct 12
Then don't eat them, you raised them and all so its difficult to eat them. Its not like you are dying of hunger or anything like it. If you really love your pet I don't think you will eat them even in that position.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
No, i don't have any intention of eating them. I'm just wondering if there's anyone who is fine eating a pet.
@lady1993 (14088)
• Philippines
13 Feb 13
Not really... I do not think i will ever be faced with the situation, since my pets are the normal ones, not the ones that you eat every day. I can never even imagine eating, my pets: hamsters, fishes, cats and dogs.. ever
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 13
Ah, then good for you. As of now, the chicks already grows up. I'm thinking of selling the males, and leaving only a male with me with the rest of females, so they can continue their generation.
• Malaysia
12 Feb 13
if i consider it as pet, i shall not eat it. i have enjoy and spend lot of time to have fun with it, it silly to do that.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 13
Most people might have the same thinking as you. Then again, it won't be considered as a pet if we eat it later, perhaps.
@KrauseHome (33249)
• 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.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 13
Yup, it is not easy, especially with the one that is close to us. My chicks already big enough, the males one already start crowing early in the morning. i decided i can't eat them, so maybe I'll sell a few of them instead.
@Ahana123 (139)
• India
17 Nov 12
I would have never eaten my pet since it has grown with me & definitely emotionally attached .
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
18 Nov 12
Yup, that is what i think too.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
4 Nov 12
Eww! I could never do that if I had raised them. I usually get really attached to my pets even if it were a cow. I tend not to think about where my meat comes from or else it just turns me right off of eating it.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
You are right. Once you get close to them, you won't even think of eating them.
@Asylum (46795)
• 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.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
I think i might not have a problem eating other person's pet rooster, but to eat my own pet? No, that is indeed psychologically wrong like you said. So far, all the previous commenter said they won't eat their pet.
@Sindelle (830)
• United States
1 Nov 12
Well if i had a rooster, goat, or cow and I considered them my pets then I'd love them. I could never kill let alone eat something I love.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
Yup, once you consider them as pet, you won't be able to eat them.
@seliokas (346)
• Lithuania
31 Oct 12
Hello, if they are you PET, then no, i wouldn't eat them since we get close to our pets and they get close to us too, they are our friends and we love them. If they weren't treated as pets, then yes, i would eat them. Happy myLotting!
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
Hi. You have good decision making attitude.
@SIMPLYD (74827)
• Philippines
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.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
Yup. When you have any emotional feelings for your pet, you wouldn't be able to eat it.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
31 Oct 12
I cant eat my own pet , I would be too attached . I have seen some people eat whatever they pet , I find that cruel and not human like . I would not pet a animal I plan to eat and I cannot watch a animal being slaughter and then eat it .
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
Well, taking care of livestock and petting is different. I don't mind about livestock. But for a pet, it's really weird to eat one, don't you think?
@gary23 (425)
• India
31 Oct 12
I love to eat chicken but you must be very fond of them as they are your pets. I can't eat or even dreaming of eating my pets.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
Well, i love fried chicken too. but the thought of eating your pet, it's very weird.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
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.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
You are right. Even for a short time, the attachment to the animal is there. I feel sorry for you for actually facing the uncomfortable moment.
@Shavkat (44844)
• Philippines
31 Oct 12
I never tried to eat my own pet or rather the chickens. I don't feel comfortable eating it. Since I was the one that closely took the time of raising them.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 12
Right. It will feel really uncomfortable.