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madameshawshank



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Location: Penrith (where jacarandas remind me of change), New South Wales, Australia

PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject: food for thought... Reply with quote

Every so often I dip into the word a day site...loads of fun by the way..

today's bonus quote from said site(to say I'm a quotation junkie would be one of the great understatements of all time Wink ):

If any kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming they would never touch meat again. I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on 'Babe' that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian. -James Cromwell, actor
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sweetbabyjames



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amen.

On rare occassion I used to take my kid to McDonalds. We're vegetarians but we like their fries and cheeseburgers without meat. There, I said it.

On our last guilty visit, she thought to ask me what's so bad about McDonalds (having so often heard that Walmart and McDonalds are evil). So I explained in simple terms and she was properly disgusted with the concept of factory farming. "But we don't eat meat, so McDonald's is okay for us," she says. But then there's the milk for the cheese...She thought for a second and opened her mouth in disgust, letting the half-eaten no-cheeseburger drop out.

Yeah, let's get outta here, I said. It's not for us.

I think it was George Bernard Shaw who said "a man will tolerate any heinous act if it's what he's always known." But don't quote me on that.
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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo! to your daughter...such a thinker she must be! to stop and question oneself is a brave move at any time...to do it while young is a day filled with stars methinks..

How clearly I remember the day our daughter became a vegetarian...maybe 10 or 11ish..we were eating lamb sausages, and naughty Siegfried said "baa"...well that was the end of that! We're talking about a lassie who wept when Frosty melted..when asked if she'd eat meat if it was all that was there...yes she would ...

Saw a programme ..English...where a food writer decided to go to the beginning of the meat he was to eat...as in go to the farm and personally select the animal (a meat judge guy was with him...feeling the animal and making comments about the quality of the meat to be, however the guy could simply feel hot flesh...life)...he was filmed looking into the eyes of the cow...the animal was put on a trailer...taken to the abattoir...kept in a straw-floored stable...we were shown the slaughter...the hanging of the meat...the camera stayed on the guy's face...in shock...he was unable to eat the meat for a while...kept it in the freezer ~ powerful footage.

it ended with the guy talking with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ~ food being the topic..how so many go to the supermarket and pick up the food with no thought of how, where or why it's there...

this guy was brave enough to ask the questions...

he ate the meat...

I raise my glass to life...which surreally includes death

hugs (especially to thy daughter Wink )
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sweetbabyjames



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree with you there, that vegetarianism, at least in this century, is a personal choice but not so the natural one. I'm known to "get in touch with my inner monkey" at times when out with my husband (without the kiddo) and have a bite of his filet mignon. (I call it that because though monkeys are primarily vegetarian, they'll sometimes freak out, savagely kill and eat an animal, almost ceremonially.) Primitave ceremony, albeit. But that's in us too, isn't it? Hunger for meat, hunger for life.

Well, I've always said if my daughter wants to taste meat while she's still living under my roof, I'll buy her a live chicken. No problem if she can take it from there but she ought to understand the process.

Cheers to you!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

to understand the process...don't know how old your daughter is...however I'd like you to let her know a dame in Oz thinks she has quite a mother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the earth needs people like you in places like White Houses Wink , #15 Downing St Wink , The Vatican Wink , etc ~ quirky people in non-quirky places...

processes

chicken or the egg
sustenance chosen this day
earth provides our life...
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