Disclaimer: I used to be a vegan, and before I got old and fat on a healthy home-cooked low-soy, vegetarian diet, I looked even better than Denise Minger. So there.
As I mentioned in my last post, I really got into watching I, Caveman, and have been reading what other ancestral bloggers had to say about it.
Dr. Harris has posted more detail on the elk hunt, and there is a discussion of the viewpoints of hunters and vegans in the comments sections.
Just sayin! I was a vegan for ethical reasons, but stopped it when my health was affected. This was also before I became a farmer. Oh, and what I now know! Vegans who buy their food from grocery stores, farmer's markets, pretty much everywhere else don't know how much they are participating in animal killing.
When I was an undergrad chemistry major, the university I attended was situated right next to prime U.S. farmland. Some days, the stench from the recently-applied steer manure was so bad, we had to hold our breath as we hopped from building to building. Veggies are grown in steer manure. Everywhere. All those organic veggies that vegans eat. But, people already know that. Here's what many don't know.
One day I heard gunshots in the cornfields, and I imagined that they were lighting flares. This went on all day long. Why? I thought it was maybe to keep track of each other in the fields. After all, corn can get pretty tall, and it is easy to get lost in it. I remember thinking that they might do well to get some small walkie-talkies instead.
It wasn't until later that I realized that the crew was using a gopher blaster. Check this out. (Warning: this vid can be disturbing to vegans and other animal lovers.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLhFwxX-WTk&feature=related
Gopher blasters aren't considered suitable for organic farming, since the certifiers think it is like pouring live gasoline right into the ground, but the blasters would probably be approved if converted to methane that was produced on the farm from animal waste. Organic farms still have to use a variety of snap traps. Personally, if I was a gopher, I think I'd rather be blown up instead of caught in a trap, but YMMV. Gopher smokers are also not organic approved since they contain an artificial source of nitrogen, and of course, most poisons are out. So, the organic farms use stuff like this:
I can tell you that I have never met a commercial farmer who didn't kill these animals with a bit of glee, and I can assure you that few farmers are praying over their kill, or have the type of respect for animals that people who hunt to eat do.
Oh, and if you think being a fruitarian is better, don't let me get started on the problems with bird netting.....