As a vegetarian for 26 years (as well as a biologist for 45 years), I would like to thank Lori Bell for writing her story. Allow me to explain.
The last meat I ate was a turkey (Tom) who I had raised from a chick. I, too, thought that if I was going to continue to eat meat I should be absolutely involved in the animal's life and to honor that life, as Lori did with Eddie. I took one step further and did the slaughter as well as the cleaning - after thanking Tom for being our turkey. Problem was I could not do it again and so I put off killing Jerry for Christmas dinner, deciding to wait till Easter. Two weeks before Easter Jerry (now Geraldine) laid an egg and that was all the excuse I needed not to kill her. She lived to be an old bird and gave me delicious eggs every season, naturally. She loved strawberries.
Humans evolved as meat eaters and many other primates eat meat. I do not. I am so far beyond even thinking about it and there is so much nutritious non-meat available that there is no need to eat any critter. At 68 years of age, I am healthy without meat or meds.
So to Lori I say, you are doing it the right way. To others I say, unless you raise it the way Lori did and are involved in its killing it, go veggie. 7 billion humans (and their domestic dogs and cats) eating meat is decimating life on this planet. It is time to acknowledge this.
I'll add my kudos for Pat Williams. May he find other worthy associations to promote excellence in academia.
One day will not work. You'll have a ton of fireworks on July 4th and you'lll still have fireworks on the 3rd, 5th and 6th. And in October and in May.
Stay firm and just say no.
I wonder if it is really "fear" at work? Fear is mostly about perceiving danger to one's life. I think. I often mentally ask the question "What are you afraid of?" when I find that government entities are prepared to keep the public from attending meetings that should be open to the public. In this case, it is probably just apprehension or concern that the members of the meeting body won't get to say things they think the public shouldn't hear.
Whatever is at work, Robert, it is always unsettling to know there is so much anger and real hatred in our communities. Thanks for writing this piece for us to contemplate.
To some, money is god.
When will the destruction of the natural world end?
Go Bitterrooters! My heart is with you.
I'll ditto the "beautiful" compliment. You have an eye for beauty, Chad, as well as the talent to capture it to share. Thank you.
Hard to read. Important to read. May all murderers eventually confront their responsibilities. May their children forgive them. May they forgive themselves. When will humans stop the slaughter.
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