Pixel Tracker

Monday, November 19 , 2018, 11:06 am | Fair with Haze 65º

 
 
 
 

Captain’s Log: Spiritualism and Killing Meat for The Table

I fish and I hunt for my family’s dinner table because I want my family eating healthy meat from fish and game animals that have been living naturally and eating what they evolved to eat.

When possible, I’d rather my family didn’t eat meat that was raised in a filthy congested feed lot or fish farm where they were fed unnatural foodstuffs and as many chemicals as the law would allow, all designed for unnaturally-fast muscle growth.

Health-conscious people know to read labels looking for indications of unnatural feed and chemicals. Meat packers know how to disguise those details, while managing to stay within the letter of the law.

I like to stay out of that information quagmire and go take critters for food out in their natural environment. Our wildlife managers work hard to manage critters for sustainability so we can continue to do this and so can our children and grandchildren.

Then there is the spiritual side, which to me is all about appreciating that critter whose life I took to feed my family. I quietly thank the fish or mammal or bird for its life and dedicate it to the life and health of my family.

I’ve read that various cultures considered this an important part of living with critters, and I’m told some of those cultures were among our own Native American tribes.

At places like McDonald‘s, such activities can raise eyebrows. How many people really think about an animal having to die so that a hamburger can be eaten? I think we all pretty much know the answer to that.

I am not just surprised, but truly shocked when I see signs that some folks don’t understand the death-for-life deal we struck with critters and plants as we fought and killed our way to the top of the earth’s food chain.

We shouldn’t hate ourselves for being on top as a prime predator, but we should be appreciative, and for me that requires a spiritual sense.

I was stunned to be forwarded a snippet from a newspaper where an anonymous person wrote: “To all you hunters who kill animals for food, shame on you. You ought to go to the store and buy the meat that was made there, where no animals were harmed.”

That statement went quickly onto Facebook pages where one person replied, “Folks, just remember as you read this, that this person probably drives, votes and may have already reproduced.”

Let us accept and think about the fact that a critter had to die when we eat meat. Don’t hate ourselves for it, because we are prime predators, born and bred. What works for me personally is to quietly thank a critter for giving me its life to feed me and my family.

Each person deals with this moment in his or her own way.

— Capt. David Bacon operates WaveWalker Charters and is president of SOFTIN Inc., a nonprofit organization providing seafaring opportunities for those in need. Visit softininc.blogspot.com to learn more about the organization and how you can help. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >