On Loving Animals and Eating Them Too Or: Why Meat is Murder and Veggies are Genocide

Some controversial thoughts on the morality of eating meat. And plants.

Piglets feeding in the woods
Piglets feeding in the woods
Pigs raised outdoors and in the woods can express their instinctual behavior and benefit the land.
The photo of me holding a lamb that spurred a thoughtful question on Instagram.
The photo of me holding a lamb that spurred a thoughtful question on Instagram.
The photo of me holding a lamb that spurred a thoughtful question on Instagram.

Full caption from the Instagram post:

🎶 Edlin had a little lamb 🎶⁣⁣
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The ewes have been lambing this month! Baby lambs can’t process grass until they’re a few weeks old and are entirely dependent on their mother’s milk for that time. But that won’t stop them from nibbling on some grass in an effort to imitate their moms.⁣⁣
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It’s crucial for the ewes to maintain nutrition and weight while nursing, so their lambs can grow big and healthy — they grow the most in the first 5 months, at which point they can be weaned. Once the lambs are weaned, the ewes will be able to gain weight again for the next breeding season. ⁣⁣
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We’re breeding some of the other ewes now because ideally they would lamb in April. That way, when we get that high grass growth in mid-May, the lambs are big enough to benefit from forage along with the ewes. ⁣⁣
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It’s tough having lambs in winter because the lower nutrition in the grass means you have to move the flock more often and herding young lambs is difficult and stressful on them and their moms. It also makes it a challenge for them to bond properly. We are using hay to mitigate this a bit until we get on a better lambing cycle. Meanwhile, it’s been adorable watching these little lambs grow. When we do move the flock, the ewes sometimes get separated from their lambs, and watching them call for each other (that’s why they bahhh) in the new pasture and reunite is pretty freaking cute. ⁣⁣
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I left NYC + SF tech to learn how to farm in GA. I write more here: edlinbetsthefarm.com

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