I just watched a bull die and it made me happy!

I watched a young woman shoot one of her Galloway breeding bulls with a hunting rifle, and the atmosphere, the ritual itself, and the logic behind it, as well as the surrounding area, which looked a lot like South Tyrol, the part between Italy and Austria where I am from originally, made me smile.

The little film had been made by the Bavarian TV station as an educational film. I wish we here in the US would show the rightful way to slaughter, sell, and consume meat in schools. We have organic farms here in Ohio, just like you can find some of them in every farm state across the country, but there are simply not enough.

I am a half-ass-vegan, that’s what my friend calls me because I eat fish, but I am not a pescetarian. Once in a while, I eat meat, healthy, organic meat that is. It is much more expensive and I have no problem paying for the quantity and for the quality. I have health issues, and I have to live a very disciplined lifestyle. No GMOs, no added sugars, and no meats that are pumped up with saline solutions to make us believe we get more than we actually do. The meat I buy and cook doesn’t shrink, it has a different color and a different smell.

Eating meat once in a while is now part of my AIP protocol. I reintroduced very carefully certain foods back into my diet that I had missed the most. In moderation and as a special treat I can have bacon or a steak. Chicken and poultry are no longer an option, pork depends on the cut and the farm we get it from.

I grew up on a farm and slaughtering and butchering were part of our everyday life.

Some farmers thank the animal before they slaughter them. It has nothing to do with religion or spiritual beliefs, it’s just a simple heartfelt gesture to say goodbye to a farm animal that you raised from the day it was born.

We eat meat and so we breed animals to later kill them. Nature gives, and takes and there is nothing wrong with it. According to my grandmother, every one of us should be able to slay an animal the right way, which means stress-free, as quick as possible, and painless because of the speed and way it is done.

Nothing in our slaughterhouses and our meat-producing factories is animal appropriate. The welfare of the livestock should be our main concern, not the quantity. Sadly this is not the case. If you want to stop eating eggs, I advise you to visit a chicken farm. When you see the chickens cubed up in darkness, you will never buy eggs or eat poultry from a chicken or a turkey farm. It is that cruel!

Visiting a slaughterhouse is hard to stomach. The way we mistreat cows, bulls, pigs, sheep, and everything else that we find on our menus is not just brutal, it’s heartless, gruesome, and so wrong on every level. No animal on this planet is as brutal as humans can be.

But the truth is, many city kids and their parents have never seen a farm or know anything about farming or farmland. for them, the meat comes from the grocery store and how it gets there, is something they don’t think about.

The farmers in the film talk in the Bavarian dialect. The CC for under titles can be changed to ‘yes’ and if you click ‘autodetect’ most likely English will be chosen – if you live in the UK, the US, Australia and Canada. Then you can read the translation (which is not bad) from the spoken German in English.

Listening to Sarah describing to the film crew her story, and how she shows them the farm and the livestock, as well as the way she interacts with people and animals, shows how much she respects every lifeform. That’s the way it should be.

The young woman from Gaensberg, near Blaiback (Upper Palatinate, Germany) tries to reconcile her love for the animals and her part as a farmer.

I have the utmost respect for Sarah. I know how much effort it took to get permission for pasture-slaughter and all the red tape that comes with it I assume was a nightmare. It takes a lot not only to raise the animals in a way that is appropriate to their species but also to give them a farewell that is as dignified and stress-free as possible.

I also respect the film crew for leaving the part about the bleeding in the film. Of course, they aren’t the prettiest pictures, but they are open and honest, because it’s part of the procedure, because the meat doesn’t just fly onto the grocery shelves.

With the ongoing climate crises, that so many understand, our awareness of our meat consumption has increased significantly in recent years, and I couldn’t be happier. We all -or most of us- have been eating too much meat and we didn’t ask enough questions.

I hope you will take time out of your busy day and watch the little film. I thought it was worth it, that’s why I share it here on my blog.


15 thoughts on “I just watched a bull die and it made me happy!

  1. I couldn’t agree more with what you’re writing here. We eat too much in general, and certainly too much rubbish. The same applies to meat. We eat too much of it and treat most of it like rubbish. I reduced mt meat intake by 95 percent over the last decade. I’m not a vegetarian, but at home I cook predominantly vegetarian. In rare cases where I do buy meat to cook myself, it’s from a quality organic Hofmetzgerei here in Bavaria. I do eat meat on the rare cases I go out for dinner. Vegetarian meals in Bavaria are no good. I can’t look at Käsespätzle or Rahmschwammerl any more. Beef I try to avoid altogether.

    I must say I rarely miss it.

    My neighbor has some sheep and some lambs that we can see grow up every day. I may buy some, because I have seen how they were raised with respect and dignity, and it’s something I think will be good to teach my kids about that way.

    Thanks for sharing the video!

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    • Many of us -for various reasons- have reduced their meat intake and I am very happy about it. We ate too much meat!
      You have no idea how much I wish I could get a nice portion of Rahmschwammerl or Kasspazen, sadly it’s not know here at all. Also I stay of the dairy, which made the biggest difference in my life.

      We often buy lamb meat from a local (Armish) butcher. It’s so much better (and tastier) than any beef.
      I am glad you raise your kids with respect for all life forms.

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  2. I do like that it is becoming recognised that animals have feelings and to treat animals more humanely when it is necessary to kill them. This video showed that they truly cared for the animals. They loved them and that was clear. However, I thought it was sad that one beast had to witness the other one being slaughtered and wondered if that was really necessary. I wonder could they anaethetize the animal first with as dart gun so they feel no pain? I know the gunshot is quick but they still would be some pain.
    Like you, I eat a little bit of meat, very little, and feel strongly about the need to reduce the level of meat we consume as it is simply not an efficient way for the world to feed its population and so much sufferimg goes along with it. I believe pigs that are sent to an abattoir squeal in horror when they see the machine that leads them to their death. This breaks my heart.

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  3. Interesting and thoughtful post. I wish everyone who eats meat would see how the animals they eat are treated and killed. I believe most would stop eating meat or do as you do and find more humanely raised and killed animals. You’ve got the right idea in my opinion. Though I believe I’d have to be literally starving on the brink of death to eat an animal I’ve raised or known personally. I’m about 99% vegan and have not eaten mammals in over 40 years, so I chose not to watch the video suspecting it would be too hard for me. Still, I know this way is much, much better than factory farming and moving in the right direction. Thank you for only eating animals that are killed quickly.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this, Bridget. The way we raise, treat, and kill the animals we breed for our food should be given more attention.

    My email, following your offer on my blog, was returned undelivered:
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