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Who here has slaughtered an animal for meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 13, 2012 at 3:50 AM

Meat and paleo are almost synonymous for most paleo practitioners.

Who here has slaughtered an animal for meat, and, if you haven't would you do it?

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

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on October 14, 2012
at 02:14 AM

It's actually the most humane way to do it on the steppe. The goal is to make it happen as fast as possible; better than slitting the throat and letting the animal bleed out, if you ask me.

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on October 14, 2012
at 01:47 AM

WTF? That's a brutal way to die.

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on October 13, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Never slaughtered it, but I do beat my meat on a regular basis

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Thanks for the spell check truthi ;).....since I was in the midst of trolling the troll (Jane) I didn't switch gears before this answer. So for real...yes I have. Mainly fishing. I've never shot my own deer, but have been a party to the butchering. I also look the cow my milk comes from right in the eye.....and ingest its soul.

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Agree. I really think it's important to understand and experience the whole process, even if you may not be directly doing it when required.

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on October 13, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Me too. I haven't done it yet, I plan to do it soon. I'd like to get involved in preparation and butchering too.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 13, 2012
at 09:35 AM

It certainly would make one appreciate and respect meat-based food a lot more, I think.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 13, 2012
at 06:20 AM

Not unless your idea of a slaughterhouse is in fact your home and your home is under a bridge. (take your time there JayJay)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 13, 2012
at 06:15 AM

No unless you call slaughterhouse your home.

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on October 13, 2012
at 04:50 AM

I have not, but the idea of hunting and eating what I catch appeals to me. I think it would be kind of a humbling experience in that I'd appreciate what I'm eating.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on October 13, 2012
at 06:26 AM

To answer the OP's question: I raise goats and slaughter the kids and place them in the freezer.

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on October 13, 2012
at 10:40 AM

I live in prime hunting country, and I'm working hard to get involved in the process of field dressing and butchering an elk this season.

I'm curious to test my limitations in this area. Without ever having done it, it's hard to imagine plunging a knife into the guts of a still-warm animal. I feel like it's a kind of rite of passage though, to confront the source of one's food.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 14, 2012
at 12:48 AM

My parents came from Greek villages where it was routine to keep livestock that they slaughtered and butchered themselves. The exception being the larger animals who were butchered the local specialist. Generally, chickens, rabbits, spring lamb, goats, etc were dispatched at their small farm. I never sought to disguise my loathing for killing the animals, despite the bemusement of my relatives. But I did eat the food, and it was delicious.

I am averse to killing animals. If I were pressed by extreme hunger and the need to help those close to me survive, I imagine I would - having no other resort - kill an animal for food. In the lab it's a similar thing. I've purposefully designed experiments that use the smallest possible number to obtain statistical power and then meticulously harvested organs and cells so as not to let any go to waste and another animal need to be sacrificed.

It would probably be easier if the animal were trying to kill me. I imagine that under such circumstances an internal paradigm shift occurs and base instincts activate. But it has not happened yet, and I dont believe it ever will living where I do.

I've also been to a slaughterhouse. To say it was an awful, terrible, soul wrenching experience would be a gross understatement. I strongly recommend it to everyone who likes to eat meat. If you can still enjoy meat obtained from such circumstances with the same relish then I would prefer if you stayed away from me and mine.

I do eat meat occasionally - more fish these days than red meat - and sometimes reflect on the memories of the slaughterhouse when I do.

My final reflection , however, is that in an era where there is such an abundance of alternative, healthy food - where there is now an obesity epidemic as a result of such an abundance - that people cannot be more ethically responsible about their food consumption. Clearly an adjustment in diet composition with a decrease in processed carbs and increase in protein and O3 fats is the right direction but there are always alternatives.

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I have not, but feel duty bound to be present in an abbatoir at least once in my life. I also will somewhere down the track try and get the opportunity to do the deed myself - given how much meat I eat I would like to appreciate the animal and see what they go through for my benefit.

Ba1c998b18470309687f07606767668a

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Agree. I really think it's important to understand and experience the whole process, even if you may not be directly doing it when required.

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on October 13, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I butchered my own food for 10 years, everything from poultry and rabbits to goats. We took our cows and hogs to a butcher. I think everyone who eats meat should butcher their own animal at least once in their life. It's a good experience to really know where your food comes from.

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on October 24, 2012
at 03:48 AM

does a fish count?

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on October 24, 2012
at 03:04 AM

I hunt with a bow. My husband and I process our own venison, it is my favorite meat. We never harvest anything we wouldn't eat. Last year I took a wild turkey with my bow. It wasn't very good eating, so we don't hunt turkeys anymore.

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I hunt and have slaughtered livestock. Good for people to see where there food comes from.

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on October 23, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I have slaughtered an animal for meat, so, me.

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on October 23, 2012
at 04:15 PM

I have killed and eaten fish, frogs, and poultry, but so far no mammals. I have always believed it important to see and perform the entire process, from capture to slaughter to preparation and eating. The taking of a life for sustenance is a basic human activity, and for me it has always been a way to remind me of my connection to all other life, and feel grateful for the life of the animal I am eating.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 18, 2012
at 06:34 PM

My stepmother hit a deer with her car on accident. It was dead but the injuries were only to its head. She called the police so that they would allow her to take the deer home. We helped her put it in the back of her pickup and her and I gutted and cleaned it. We however sent it to the butcher for processing. It was a really gross job (my dad kept dry heaving) but the butcher said we did wonderfully. The meat got divided between us and it lasted for 4 months.

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on October 15, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Yes, we do a lot of our own meats. Deer, hogs, cattle, small game, fish...

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on October 15, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Yup! Pretty much all my life. Deer, hogs, cows, fish, squirrel, rabbit, turkey.

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on October 15, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I was raised on a farm, we always slaughtered our own meat. I fished and hunted as well. Ahhhh the good old days.

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on October 14, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Growing up I hunted deer and rabbit with my father and brother - some of my best memories involve leading my unsuspecting friends (girls) into our dark garage to scare them with the hanging, skinned whole deer!

And the other best memories involve helping my dad butcher the deer, cutting the meat off the bones, packaging it all up ... We'd always save the tenderloin and fry it up with salt, pepper and butter after we were finished :) I hope to get back into it, there's nothing like wild meat from the bush to the table all done yourself!

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235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

on October 13, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Me! Well, I helped hold down about a dozen sheep while a pretty badass Mongolian herder cut them open and reached in to pinch off their aortas, killing them in less than 20 seconds. Does that count?

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

(564)

on October 14, 2012
at 02:14 AM

It's actually the most humane way to do it on the steppe. The goal is to make it happen as fast as possible; better than slitting the throat and letting the animal bleed out, if you ask me.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on October 14, 2012
at 01:47 AM

WTF? That's a brutal way to die.

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on October 13, 2012
at 03:08 PM

nothing looks as good on a stark vermont tree than a deer hanging from the empty branches of the maple with a pile of foliage beneath. i might live in SoCal, but you can't take the Vermont out of me!

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Me. Though I don't shoot the large mammals but I'm there for the kill and flaying and work on the butchering/processing. I regularly butcher my own birds.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2012
at 04:57 AM

Slaughter...is that code for extreme masturbation?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 13, 2012
at 06:15 AM

No unless you call slaughterhouse your home.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Thanks for the spell check truthi ;).....since I was in the midst of trolling the troll (Jane) I didn't switch gears before this answer. So for real...yes I have. Mainly fishing. I've never shot my own deer, but have been a party to the butchering. I also look the cow my milk comes from right in the eye.....and ingest its soul.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 13, 2012
at 06:20 AM

Not unless your idea of a slaughterhouse is in fact your home and your home is under a bridge. (take your time there JayJay)

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on October 24, 2012
at 08:54 AM

I never have. I admit I have some serious disconnect when it comes to animals and meat. I think they're cute and I could never hurt them, but I don't mind having the middle man doing the job for me providing it's done humanely.

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on October 13, 2012
at 10:59 PM

I did not pull the trigger or cut the artery myself, but I was present at a pig slaughter this summer and helped butcher the animal once it [mostly] stopped twitching. I felt it was important that I be part of the process at least once if I were to be ethically okay with eating meat. (I was vegetarian/vegan for a long time.) I would and will do it again, probably via hunting or raising/processing chickens next time.

I guess if you count bivalves, I kill those regularly. (I don't count those so much.)

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on October 13, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Sure have: chicken, dove, quail, sheep, and hogs.

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on October 13, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Only fish, mollusks and Crustacea. Uncomplicated tame stuff. Based on my filleting skills I'd make a real mess as a butcher.

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on October 13, 2012
at 05:35 AM

I agree with Rob. I've never hunted but I would like to. If anyone in the LA area would like to go hunting, let me know :P

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