Monday, February 23, 2009

Crisis of Thought

We are hunters and gatherers, right?
So if we eat meat then we must kill the animal to be able to eat that meat?

Does it matter if this animal is pregnant? Does it really matter?

We went to a deer farm this weekend. This was our second trip there with my FIL and a few friends. It's a wonderfully peaceful place. You are guaranteed a kill when you go. They have a great cabin with everything you need to enjoy yourself and not sleep in a tent.
My oldest daughter went with JAH to the blind this time. She wanted to see what it was all about and maybe practice her aim so that she would be able to hunt next time we go. We aren't avid wild game hunters. I mostly hunt down a good bargain in my favorite stores and that's where it usually ends.
The first time they went out the only animals they saw were off limits because of the timing of the season, so they came back empty handed. Last night trip, they returned with a beautiful doe. She seemed very healthy as far as muscle volume goes. As they were cleaning her up (yes cutting her up) an odd thought came to mind.
A deer doesn't have 2 stomachs, right??
The more I looked at it the more I wondered what part of the anatomy this could be. I'm no Meredith Grey.
But I figured it out. I asked the guide if she was pregnant.
He turned to me with a surprisingly solemn face and just shook his head. I didn't ask any other questions.

So here I am, not able to process this image in my head and the facts surrounding it.
I'm not a vegetarian but I think this bothers me. JAH had no idea that she was pregnant. I don't know if he would have shot her anyway though. I won't ask him that.
I know it's not hte first time it's been done and it won't be the last.

But am I ok with the fact that he did it?
Can I sit there and enjoy a meal knowing this is what happened?

I'm not sure I can.


Just Being Me said...

Oh lord! That just makes me ache! I come from a family of hunters. There are certain aspects I never want to see. One is the actual killing and the suffering/dying of the animal. The second being the pregnant one! Sigh. I do enjoy deer and am not against hunting. But it is never easy to stomach!

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