White Tailed Deer, Madison, CT, August 2002

I am becoming a Flexitarian or for lack of a better term Semi-Vegetarian. I do eat more meat than an occasional meat item. But I am cutting back on meat and hopefully someday will be a full fledged Vegetarian or as some would say a Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian.

Why, for a lot of reasons. I feel it is wrong to raise animals for the purpose of slaughter. Many who raise these animals raise them in an inhumane way which to me is very disturbing. If we must eat meat, then we need to do it in a caring earth honoring way and a respectful to the animals themselves and the planet.

In my rural community, there are those that hunt for pleasure and sport. An idea that is not acceptable to me as a reason to kill. There are others who hunt to bring meat to their tables, for without the wild game, they would have a difficult time surviving. I do hope these hunters and gathers are respectful in the way they harvest  the wild creatures.

Wild Turkeys, Carmel, Maine, October 2010

As a hopeful Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, I feel that it is ok to raise animals, cows, goats & sheep, for their milk & wool, as long as it is done in a humane way. Raising animals for their milk has been done for thousands of years, but it needs to be done in a proper and humane way. I also feel it is proper to collect eggs from birds, chickens, ducks and geese. These too, must be cared for in a proper way.

As far as vegan goes, I don’t think I will ever be able to limit my self as strictly as vegans do.

I just wanted to put something out there that spoke of where I was on the vegetarian ladder. There are those that are above and below me on this ladder. I am trying to bring into my recipes a more vegetarian aspect, for those that feel vegetarianism is the way to go.


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