More With Less With Pets Part III

How many of you grew up eating your pets?

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My guess is that if you were raised a farm kid, a village kid, or a third culture kid, you are familiar with this dilemma.

Today we slaughtered, eviscerated, and shrink-bagged 14 chickens. We had a lot of help.

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Tomorrow, we will kill this magnificent creature that has been eating up our back yard since Tuesday. It’s one of the things I love about living in Africa. Want to put a bull and a bunch of chickens in your back yard? It’s not without its complications, and in this part of the world nothing is easy, but everything is possible.

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As an animal lover and a meat eater, I have to come to terms with the relationship between the animals I enjoy caring for and the meat I consume. And the more I learn about commercial agriculture in general and meat production in particular, the more convinced I am that the whole thing is unsustainable and where animals are concerned unethical. It hasn’t yet stopped me from buying meat from the grocery store, but I am trying to do the local option as much as I can. Someday my convictions and my behavior might align, and I will become a vegetarian–but until then, I’m taking small steps. And I realize that raising your own meat is an option only for those with access to land–or at least a big backyard–which is a whole different issue.

Once you’ve fed, housed, and looked your diner in the eye, and then killed it as gently as possible, you have a completely different understanding of the food chain.

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He’s not a big bull as far as bulls go, which is a good place to start, since we’ve never had a backyard bull before.

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Wondwesen (MCC’s General Services Officer) and I found him in a feedlot in Kare, along with several hundred other bulls destined for the Fasika celebration tomorrow. This was one of the smaller lots in town. I was told he came to Addis from Harar, and is therefore tastier than the bigger, slimmer variety.

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A professional butcher is coming to the compound at 4:30 tomorrow morning, and we will experience kircha, the traditional way of killing and sharing a bull with a family or neighborhood group (in this case our staff) on Easter morning.

I don’t expect this to be easy. I may be in my room with my head under my pillow until at least 5 o’clock.

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2 thoughts on “More With Less With Pets Part III

  1. This brings back memories of Charlie the Rooster. I recall crying over that supper, but that it was delicious anyway.

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