How do you raise animals knowing they will die?
How do you respectfully raise animals knowing you will harvest them for food? The animal lover in me has asked this question time after time. It came to surface again this week as we harvested our beloved Turkey named Tom. And will surface again in a month I’m sure when we harvest the chickens I purchased for meat. 

The truth is, it’s a hard balance. I actually shut down and out for a while, bracing and guarding myself from getting attached. But what happened is I detached from everyone, my horses, the dogs, and even put up guards around my people relationships. I wish I had a solid answer as to what turned things around again, but I really don’t. 

It has been months of prayer, intentionally taking the time to spend with animals again, and lots of late nights in the barn with the lambs that started my animal addiction. It didn’t happen overnight, but I have slowly broken down the walls again and opened up. 

I still don’t get to close to the animals I know will be harvested in a short time. But that doesn’t stop me from caring for them and giving them the best life I can while they are here. 

Truth is everyone dies eventually. Some animals are born to die to feed the rest of the food chain. Take humans out of it and animals would still die to give life and nutrition to others. So I’m going to keep raising them with love and respect. And when it’s time for them to fulfill their purpose and give their nutrients to another, I’m going to make it as quick and painless as possible. 

Until next time, I’ll still be Feeding Kids and Critters. ❤️

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