Kid Makes the Case for Vegetarianism Without Trying To
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Ewes are notorious for abandoning their lambs, which is part of the reason why the lambing season is so demanding on shepherds, attempting to foster the bond between mother and child by confining them in small pens. Left to their own accord, many breeds have extremely high rates of abandonment. On top of that, there are other birthing difficulties and complications following birth that require assistance. Had it not been for the shepherd's work, that lamb whose throat was slit may very well have died shivering on the cool green pasture, its mother callously refusing to heed its cries for milk.

Our ancestors, through the ages, developed many breeds of sheep and other animals that suit the particularities of land, culture, usage patterns, and local tastes. Some breeds produce more twins, but require more work. Some breeds are all-purpose, and some mainly for one product, like wool or milk or meat.

Sheep were domesticated so long ago that they have been shaped profoundly by man's work. They have been so transformed that it is difficult to identify precisely just which kind of wild antecedent was used in early domestication. Although a food animal (in large part), they are as much a product of human culture as the dog, and a successful boycott of the use of sheep, out of principle or sentimentality, would only mean the end of sheep as such. Similarly, those who think it cruelty or exploitation to own dogs would really just have dogs go extinct, in favor of wolves.

I was a vegetarian for about ten years. I love animals, and I eat them in part because I love them. I cannot afford to frequently eat good meat from old heirloom breeds, raised ethically and with sound practices, but that is what I eat when I do eat meat. I use every part I can: organ meats, tendon, bones, caul fat. I am committed to supporting an alternative to corporate monoculture, homogeneity, and factory farming. I support responsible stewardship of animals as a facet both of man's headship over creation, as well as an element of our cultural patrimony.
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Re: Kid Makes the Case for Vegetarianism Without Trying To - by Cyriacus - 04-30-2015, 07:12 AM



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