What Would You do if Meat Butchers Did Not Exist? Would You Go Vegan/Vegetarian? Would You Learn How To Butcher?

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    Jul 29, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    What would you do if meat butchers did not exist?
    Would you learn to butcher animals yourself so that you can eat meat?
    Would you become a vegetarian/vegan?

    I know that, killing animals with my own hands would be too tough to handle. I was always squeamish when it came to blood and gore.

    I can't handle biology class dissections or can't watch an episode of True Blood. I can't even handle Mortal Kombat Fatalities (which is just "virtual" dismemberment, lol).

    So, if the meat didn't come prepackaged, I'd probably be a vegan/vegetarian.

    Call me a city boy...

    and I'll absolutely agree with you, hahaha.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    id eat every howling cat that runs around howling at night
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    No doubt I would become a complete pescetarian. Seafood is my meat of choice anyway, so I'd have no problem eating only that. Plus I think fishing is generally less intimidating and squeamish compared to domesticating or hunting other animals.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidNo doubt I would become a complete pescetarian. Seafood is my meat of choice anyway, so I'd have no problem eating only that. Plus I think fishing is generally less intimidating and squeamish compared to domesticating or hunting other animals.


    I think I could sit with being a pescetarian as well. It's is FAR less intimidating than cutting the head of a chicken/turkey off -- dare I even try to imagine how people get over that hump of blood/gore. It's like watching a horror movie happen in front of you, lol.

    But fish, I'd probably start with really tiny small fish first, lol. I'd still feel bad for the fish :-(.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    I'd still be a pescetarian.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    Ridiculous question. Butchers exist because there is a demand for meat, therefore butchers.

    And fuck yeah I'd learn to butcher. I'd be rich if I were the only person around who could do the job.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    I already know how to butcher, so it would be a non-issue...except that I'd have to do the dirty work.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidRidiculous question. Butchers exist because there is a demand for meat, therefore butchers.



    That was not the question. It was a hypothetical question.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    Been vegetarian for 30 years, mostly vegan. enough said...icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    I know it's hypocritical - I eat meat but I know couldn't butcher it. Fish would not bother me nearly as much. I would dislike the mess more than anything.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidRidiculous question. Butchers exist because there is a demand for meat, therefore butchers.

    And fuck yeah I'd learn to butcher. I'd be rich if I were the only person around who could do the job.


    Yeah my thoughts exactly. I'd have a solid business plan and a sweet retirement.

    It's like saying what if wheels didn't exist, would you walk everywhere? No, I'd invent the wheel.
  • tyler_helm

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    Jul 29, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    Already know how to cut up meat.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    When a vegan says "Enough said" in reference to himself, I rejoice.
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    There is nothing I hate more than taking a life, especially when I know I'm healthier without it.
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    I live close to a river with fish in it, but it's also a city river, you know, polluted with everything that comes with being close to our environmentally destructive society. So the thought of eating fish from the river is not very appetizing. I still see people fishing though. Although I don't know if most of them are eating the fish or just doing it for fun.
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThere is nothing I hate more than taking a life, especially when I know I'm healthier without it.


    Life itself is based on the premise of murder. To live, you must kill. If you differentiate between plant and animal life then you are showing bias.
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    I could butcher, not a problem. I like meat of many kinds and I have no problem for working for my food.
  • Syphon

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    Jul 29, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    If they didn't exist, then I'm sure some other system would have taken its place... since we evolved eating meat.
  • dancedancekj

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    Jul 29, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    I believe that I would still be able to butcher my own animals if I wanted meat, but it would require a lot more concerted thought and effort and therefore I would simply eat less. Instead of just buying pre-packaged meat at the store, there is a whole process that requires time, concentration, and effort.

    I lean vegetarian/pescetarian since I wouldn't have a problem raising and butchering the food myself. I won't eat insects and non-aquatic arthropods, but everything else would be fair game to me.

    On a related topic,if you raise your own livestock, it's a bit more difficult. Raising an animal from birth or hatchling into a mature adult takes a lot of resources, time, effort, and discipline on your part. Even when everything is done perfectly, things can still go wrong, and the animal dies prematurely. It's not just a slab of meat - it's months, maybe years of your time and effort, and to slaughter your efforts just for the sake of having a steak or chicken breast suddenly seems harder to justify.

    I dream of a little house on the prairie with a flock of egg laying hens, home raised tilapia, and a herd of pygmy goats to fulfill all my protein needs. Maybe a couple of pigs or geese as well icon_smile.gif
  • offshore

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    Jul 29, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    I will butcher my own meal. Have done it before, and when necessary, will do it again.

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    Jul 29, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    What else would be different? Would we need to hunt for all meat? Would there still be farms and ranches to obtain meat, only we have to butcher it ourselves? Would the animal already be dead, or would we need to find creative ways to kill it ourselves? Has life always been that way, or would all butchers just cease to exist today, though they existed yesterday?

    I'm assuming it would be a time where we still lived in tribes where we hunted for meat and gathered plants to eat. I wouldn't mind, being as I'd be born in that lifestyle already, and would know of better methods of cleaning animals that I know today. (I haven't hunted beyond fishing since I was a little kid. My dad taught me to hunt and clean an animal. I was very, very good at it.) I doubt anyone would mind, being as it would be the norm. So no, it wouldn't be that big of a deal.
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    easymac said
    Scruffypup saidThere is nothing I hate more than taking a life, especially when I know I'm healthier without it.


    Life itself is based on the premise of murder. To live, you must kill. If you differentiate between plant and animal life then you are showing bias.



    I think you're confusing "bias" with discernment.
  • sillyror

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    Jul 29, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    I live in an urban setting but have chickens and aside form their eggs I also 'kill' them and eat their meat. I would be fine being my own butcher!
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    easymac said
    Scruffypup saidThere is nothing I hate more than taking a life, especially when I know I'm healthier without it.


    Life itself is based on the premise of murder. To live, you must kill. If you differentiate between plant and animal life then you are showing bias.


    QFT



  • FriscoJansen

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    Jul 29, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    I went vegan for a month and I felt great and healthy on so many levels, lol. I don't think I could shoot or butcher an animal myself. I think though it would be a lifestyle choice I will make a couple years down the road or so, purely for health. With just a little meat here and there. It has its advantages.