Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I think that's a huge part of why I'm realistic about death as well. I grew up on my grandpa's farm, and of COURSE you make friends and pets out of the adorable calves, and sweet goats and pigs with huge personality. So when you grow up as a small child being forced to acknowledge that your pet is going to feed you, it's difficult to see horses as any different - I hate cruelty of any animal, but I DO fully support USING animals. I am 110% against SPORT hunting - I am 110% for hunting for food. I think it's a waste to just dump carcasses in the ground.
You learn that death is natural, and you learn to respect the animals in death. My grandpa used to have Filipino friends who he raised animals for and they came over for butchering parties - it was so amazing having that in my childhood. They say a prayer for every animal before they kill it, and they use every SINGLE part of the animal including the blood. About the lowest thing you could do in their culture is mistreat a carcass - the animals are worth JUST as much in death as they are in life, if not more.
Very fascinating when you get to see how other cultures do it!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.