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Dave from Philadelphia

Wonderful blog today ... and one to which I sure relate. I am a died-in-the-wool omnivore. But I struggle when I buy my protein that has eyes. I have not had veal in years and I prefer to purchase meat that was pasture-raised ... or failing that ... free range. I believe they are sentient beings that deserve to not be abused.

I have read that after killing an animal, Cherokee hunters would ask the gods' forgiveness for taking the animal's life. That acknowledgment that a child of God has given its life so that I can eat, I think, is important.

Mark Jackson

This is a week late, but I wanted to be sure that you see today's Ink Pen rerun:


Brian O'C

Not a new concept either. In the Zuangzi, the Prince and Zhuang Zhou are standing on the bridge gazing down at the water. The Prince says: Look at that happy fish. Zhuang replies: How do you know the fish is happy? Devolves into a philosophical back-and-forth on the nature of happiness, and the nature of 'knowing'. This story was the Translation final exam my 3rd year in college. Ouch!

My wife's brother is a farmer, raises pigs on the side. I love to go the old home village and visit. His pig meat is so delicious.

Mary in Ohio

Not just the Cherokee. Often it is the animal's own spirit that is thanked or asked for forgiveness by "primitive" people.

Mike Peterson

When I was researching a story about voyageurs, I learned that the Beaver people, a Dine tribe in the Athabascan, did not hunt beaver because of their perceived kinship, except that the winters there are harsh enough that you couldn't keep the taboo, and so there were much more heartfelt things said to them when it was necessary to take their lives. This is a good deal different than considering them "unclean" -- it's much more spiritually based, like a Celtic "geis."

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