Why is keeping horses as pets and they saying I could eat horse any more disgusting than keeping chickens as pets and then eating chicken , or cows , or fish or any other animal for that matter?
It cracks me up when my 2 year old sees an animal and the first thing he says isnt 'look at that cute lamb/calf/chick etc etc' its 'can I eat that animal?' ..shortly followed by "Will daddy put that animal in the pan or in the oven?? - can I have sauce on it?"
His priceless moment was when we went to see our friends new baby chicks and he came out with "Those chickens would be tasty in my mouth" much to the horror of his city slicker cousin.
Honestly - we keep chickens as pets , and he knows that they are to be respected and that if we treat them nicely they will give us eggs - but he also knows that the meat birds are killed so that they can be eaten , he knows that 'Stew-it' our neighbours goat will end up as dinner. And, while he loved the sheep in the paddock while it was there , its pelt on the lounge room floor is his favorite place for a nap.
In short - I think it is ridiculous to say that it is wrong to eat animals that are also kept as pets. So long as the animals are treated with respect and care while they are alive - I see no problem with it. The problem lies with people who do not understand it and try and victimize others for utlising another use for animals that others might consider pets.
Would I eat my pet cat?? No, but I wouldn't condemn others should they choose to do so.