My grandfather lived to be 101. He not only ate red meat, but lard, bacon, and all the other foods they say are bad for you. Remember the stuidies which came out years ago, saying eat margarine, butter is bad...or the egg scare associated with bad cholesterol. The news media always comes out with these "new studies have found" but...they don't tell you out of what university, who performed the studies for how long and why, what prompted the studies?
Then 2 0r 3 years down the road, another study surfaces, contradicting the last one, as margarine is now supposed to be just as bad as butter.
Oh, and how bout wine, coffee...my grandfather drank one shot glass of red wine, his own, every night before he went to bed.
Again...I owned & do love horses myself...realistically horses get old, they die, fact of life.
If they can still serve purpose when they're gone, create food, then so be it. There are people in 3rd world countries starving to death...I wish they had privy to the meat we all have.
I can certainly sympathize as this is a very touchy subject for animal lovers...me being one of them, but everything must be addressed within reason, within reality...and a need to survive.
For instance, deer meat is very very low in fat, and would be an excellent source of red meat for heart patients? I cannot understand why they never farm raised deer for that purpose, not to mention, to ship meat over to countries exploding with starvation.
Let me ask you this, if you walked the land of Africa and you saw the hunger, disease and dispair, I really think you might feel differently
As far as meat being bad for you...I don't agree, it depends on the body chemistry of the person, their DNA, what they've inherited from their parents... and if that person chooses to eat meat, it is not going to kill him/her, if that person executes a life style of understanding the words, "everything in moderation".
People are fat because our life styles have changed. Kids don't get outside and play kick the tin can or hide and seek, or go to the pool, to the park and run...they sit in front of TV's and computers all day and so do a lot of us. We adults don't go out in the fields and work anymore, or pick fruits and can veggies and fruits...up at 4 a.m. milking cows, and doing all the chores that need be done before going to work. Chopping wood, all that work kept people heathy in body, mind and soul. It was invigorating work, but convenience has deemed that necessity no longer vital to sustain life.
Eating to live, is becoming a "living to eat" concept, due to our less active lives and the cliche of "comfort food" becoming a major concept of our minds. Its becoming more of a habit of sitting down and eating rather then going outside and endulging in some kind of physical activty.
Animals are just that, animals...and they shouldn't be put in a catogory where they are first and foremost above human life.
Yes indeed, they should be cared for properly
and they depend on humans to live out a normal healthy life...but animals by no means should become first and foremost over human life.
Again...not meaning to insult anyone here...it's up to you to eat what you choose to eat...but b/c someone else eats meat, horse meat, bear meat, deer meat, fish they catch, etc., doesn't make them bad people.
Remember the culture years ago, was you ate what you hunted and animals were a necessity to sustain life and this is where the concept comes from...there are other countries who eat snakes, bugs, allegators, etc. to us, this might be repulsive. But it is their culture, what they grew up with, and we have no right to turn our noses up at them, labeling them as disgusting bad people?
I don't hunt anymore, but have eaten moose, bear, venison, eel, fish, rabbit, antilope, mule deer...all quite tasty.
It's your personal choice, prefrence & culture. Grocery stores afford us the convenience of no longer having to butcher our own animals...but, as a child, everything we ate we raised, i.e. beef, pigs, chickens for eggs and meat, turkeys, white domestic rabbits, etc.
Their furs were sold for clothes, hides for tanning, cows for milk, by the way, have you ever had fresh milk right from the cow? Yummy, and loaded with fat. But at one time, we lived on that, making our own butter from the fat.
If one eats, drinks & exercises, within moderation they will be healthy, regardless...my grandfather grew his own grapes, made his own wine.
They grew all there own veggies...canned them. I used to can over 50 jars of fruits and veggies a year, not to mention, blanching and freezing corn on the cob, peaches and berries. You guys probably can't fathom the hard work and pride we took in doing so for our families.
It isn't what you eat, as much as how sensibly one eats...our bodies need a little bit of everything to sustain our health. Necessary nutrients, minerals, vitamins, etc. & the old cliche, "you are what you eat" surely holds true. I to, lean towards less meat, and more fruits and veggies, but do consume meat.
My only concern is when animals are slaughtered, they are slaughtered in the most human way that can be effective.
And if someone owns an animal, geese, horse, cows, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs...for a pet, they they need to take responsibility for that pet, not only in feeding them and caring for them properly, but also, restraining them so that they are not a nuisance to their neighbors. But, that's another topic.
I suppose what I'm saying is, ARH, I certainly and respectfully understand your plight, feelings and understand why your upset about this, and you have every right to be...when I think about it, it hurts me to.
I'm not trying to say your wrong in your feelings, nor do I think anyone else is either, cuz lord knows, I've been there. But man unfortunately needs to eat to survive.
I've known kids who owned prize bulls that loved those bulls or their prize pigs, that they named and raised, just as much as we love our horses, but there came a day, when they to had to be butchered...and it's hard, really hard. But, man needs food, clothes and shelter to survive.
So, I'm going to send you a hug, saying you are not wrong in your feelings or your plight here with this forum...its just simply a hard fact of life. Honey, I don't like it any more then you do, believe me.
I hope I've helped to soften this subject for you some...
By the way, been meaning to tell you, I love your new picture, your a beautiful gal with a beautiful heart and soul.