Dec 10, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT
Recently I was visiting with a friend of mine who is a Hollywood movie star. He shared an interesting conversation he had with one of his industry colleagues. Apparently this guy said “why would you want to kill an animal for meat when you can go to the grocery store?” To which my friend responded: “Really? How do you think that meat got to the grocery store?”! Such ignorance is sadly rather common.
I have news; milk doesn’t come from a carton and meat doesn’t come from a cellophane wrapped package. If you have a leather wallet, shoes or cute leather jacket you can appreciate the byproducts of an animal. If you take a pill with a gelatin capsule, know that gelatin is a byproduct of cattle and pigs. What about tires on your car or bike? The components of the rubber also include animal byproducts. Not to mention the many medicines we have to keep us well or alive –if we didn’t have animals, we wouldn’t have cures. If you use lipstick, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, lotions and fabric softener you’re likely using animal byproducts.
Getting back to meat… most meat found in a grocery store is pretty and red because it’s been injected with carbon monoxide. Furthermore, the animal was injected with steroids and hormones to grow at a faster rate and produce a larger quantity of meat so the rancher could be more profitable. No disrespect to the rancher, he’s gotta make a living. I personally choose to follow an organic, gmo-free approach to food, mirroring our ancestors by enjoying the meat of an animal who roamed free, never had a needle in him, nor placed in a small enclosure and was God’s perfection intended for his children. Deuteronomy 12:15 “However, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your towns, as much as you desire, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you. The unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle and as of the deer.”
What other byproducts of animals are there that we depend on?