Reflections Re: the Little Woodland fox (life in the country)

October 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

First off I should go over a few contextual factors, in order for this to make sense. I have been living in Nova Scotia for roughly a year now, visiting my parents farm every month as time permits. They raise chickens for eggs, grow 90% of their fresh produce, and have just begun to implement a small fruit orchard. They live in a community full of old school farmer types, many of which are third- fourth- fifth generation land owners. This is a very tightly knit country village/ beach meadow.

So that gives you the setting. Now for my personal associations to the events. I am a vegetarian and borderline vegan. I’m not a flag waving fanatic health nut, i’m open to different peoples ideas of a healthy diet. My main reason for not eating meat (as discussed with the Saint in a recent conversation) is this:

 If you can live happily and healthfully on a fruit and vegetable diet, then why would you even consider taking the life of an animal.

I wont go on and on about the modern shopping experience separating consumers from the source of their consumables, but I think some people need a firm slap back into reality. Meat is a traditional source of protein for most people in the western world, but why? I hear this a lot as a vegetarian- “Oh you must feel so weak, are you sure you get enough protein???”

Without going into a debate about efficient protein sources let me just take you one step down the food chain on your chicken dinner. You are eating the chicken to get its protein (from a chicken breast, thigh, or possibly wing, etc..) The chicken developed those muscles eating…. vegetables and grains! So where do I get my protein? Seriously?

So it’s not a nutritional thing. So it must be a taste thing right? When was the last time you had a fantastic piece of chicken? I bet it takes you a while to think about. Or perhaps not? Ok lets say you had a delicious chicken dinner last night. Did you kill the animal yourself? If not, you certainly facilitated the killing of an animal by purchasing the meat.

Getting back to my personal “first-hand” connection to the story. As mentioned previously, my parents are now raising chickens for eggs. Many of their neighbours do the same and then kill the chickens when egg production hits its peak. Anyone seen Chicken Run? You get the picture. My parents refuse to kill them on moral grounds. Having spent time watching the chickens and seeing them grow up amongst the vegetable garden(s), I feel my dietary beliefs have been reinforced. I couldn’t kill these animals for the sake of some extra “proper” protein on my plate. I would rather see them live 4 years longer than their slaughtered neighbours, happily frolicking about living their lives.

This concludes my overview on domesticated livestock. I know much debate can be had, and I welcome the comments.

Leaving that to one side I can finally address the big issue here. Wild animals being killed for disturbing non-native domesticated species. 

It is common practice for wild animals (raccoons and foxes) to be killed in the event of an attack or stalking of farmyard livestock (in this case chickens). Punishment for their seeking out an easy food source – death- drowned alive, or simply shot with a rifle. Completely innocent WILD native species being destroyed for the sake of a chicken dinner. There is no logic underlying this practice. This is ridiculous, needless slaughter. I believe every life is a sacred and precious thing. Life and death are not things to play with, nor take lightly. Why should the death of an animal be a common everyday event? It definitely isn’t in my life.

Please think about these things OR give me a good reason why i’m wrong.

thank you,

– King


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