I would love to be a vegetarian, but I’ve tried and my body needs meat protein. And I believe that if we lovingly and reverently consume animal flesh in the way that you’ve described, it is not wrong. Factory farming has a lot of barbarism, and I’d like to see that reformed. I’d like to see more emphasis given to thanking anything that we eat, vegetable or animal, for it’s gift to us.

I had a friend for a while who knew how to wait in a tree and kill a deer with a knife or a bow. He stopped for road kill and either used that meat or skin. His relationship with death and consumption was in line with traditional native American ideology. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I get that mindfulness and reverence can be a big part of the equation.

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