Kill It, Cook It, Eat It? Oy.

January 26, 2011 By: Megabeth Category: Article Print This Post Print This Post

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I’ll be honest…This post is for the omnivores. I think if you have the guts to eat animals, you should consider: do you have the guts to kill it, then cook it, then eat it? A new series aims to profile people that are faced with doing exactly that.

I happened to be watching a documentary about growing food in Chernobyl tonight when I saw a preview for this show, Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, that started airing on January 11th on Current TV. (Meanwhile, the documentary about radiation in the food in and outside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone entitled “Cooking in the Danger Zone” was fascinating.)

With episodes entitled, “Lamb Kebabs”, “Sausages”, “Nuggets”, and “Deer”, the series airs new episodes on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m.

I haven’t watched this show yet, so I can’t provide an opinion on it. I’ve always been a bit queasy about the “art of slaughter” which probably is the reason why I became a vegetarian in the first place. If anyone happens to see an episode of this show, I’d be interested in what you thought.

11 Comments to “Kill It, Cook It, Eat It? Oy.”


  1. I wonder how many vegans could live only on what they grow themselves? I live in the upper midwest of the u.s.. Here, low impact farming including the raising of livestock for meat, milk and eggs is the most ecologically sound choice. Vegans in our climate are compelled to eat to either eat preserved produce, or produce shipped in from thousands of miles, often flown in on cargo planes, 8 months of the year.

    I also wonder if vegans consider the impact of modern agricultural practices. I live where corn and soy beans are produced on a massice scale. 200 yrs ago the land here was a sea of grass. That fed bison, elk, deer and a myriad of other species. They are gone today. Not from overhunting — but due to their habitat being tiilled to produce corn and soy beans. Those animal species would be much better off today if the plow had never come. Today soy and corn production here have created a desert of biodiversity.

    The human body is designed to eat many forms of food including meat. The lowest impact a person can have on the ecosystem where I live is to eat meat responsibily. I hunt. I fish. I prefer to feed my family meat from animals and fish I have personally harvested. I buy produce from loca? Small farms, unfortunately suuch produce is only available 3-4 months a year. One must respect the food we put in our bodies and the impact our choices have. If people stopped eating processed soy and corn products, our oceans of grass would return and with them the wildlife.

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  2. Hi Everyone!, I’m new on here and excited to be a part of the threaded.

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  3. The producers of this show should be ashamed of themselves for allowing a baby pig to be castrated with no pain killers or any other medicine of any type while the producers sit back and profit on this severe misery. People eat pigs, a fact. But do people really need to torture animals before eating them? You should be proud that you SOLD YOUR TV SHOW IDEA over the misery of living animals. The absolute lowest in mankind.

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  4. I have a whole freezer full of meat from a deer I killed myself. So I guess I’m an acceptable omnivore

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  5. Ben Dover says:

    I’m a PETA supporter. P eople E ating T asty A nimals

    This show is pure vegetarian propaganda hogwash (pun intended). The contestants on this show are so squeamish that most would probably choose to die of starvation in the wild than gutting a fish, rabbit or squirrel.

    What a pathetic, PC, pantywaist world we are living in now. A couple of generations ago, this show would have been deemed as pointless as most adult people understood and accepted meat preparation.

    This show would be better if Bear Gryllis hosted it…….lol

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  6. Megabeth says:

    Thanks for visiting, Veggin’.

    I still haven’t had a chance to watch the show so I can’t comment on the content or contestants etc. But you do bring up a valid point that, yes, a couple generations ago I think people had more of a concept of where meat came from. And, these days, it’s interesting how folks would rather not know than to face being “grossed out” or turned off from meat eating. Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

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  7. Megabeth says:

    Hi mikeIL – You bring up valid points and, I agree, it is about eating responsibly. I also agree that in the US we do have too many processed soy and corn products which not only impact our health but also our ecosystem.

    For other omnivores stopping by, you’ll see from my website that while I’m a vegetarian, I’m not going to preach or force my choice to eliminate meat from my diet to others. I want folks to make their own informed decisions based on their own personal situation, location and circumstance. I also hope that folks will also realize that not eating meat every once and a while isn’t going to be horrible. :)

    Instead of being another veg*n site that promotes an opposition between meat-eaters and non-meat eaters, I aim to provide resources and recipes that help people to add more vegetarian foods into their diets.

    I’m proud to say that many of my readers are omnivores that are taking a closer look at how they eat impacts themselves and the rest of the world around them. At the same time, I also have many loyal readers are looking for a different way to make potatoes during Thanksgiving that match the turkey they are also serving or a side dish to go with the fish they just caught during a fishing trip. I welcome all and I hope you enjoy my site.

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  8. Jmadison says:

    I’ve watched one, specifically the pig one that someone mentioned. I’m a meat eater, and i do have that mindset that ignorance is bliss. Watching that show has chipped away at that. Yes, i was shocked during the pig castration, but not as much as the actual slaughter. And yes, a big part of that was it was a cute little piggy not long before. Had i grown up on a farm, i’d not have such a reaction, but also i wouldnt have that reaction for a fish or a chicken because of the cute factor.I struggle with it now…why value cute animals over others? What level of suffering does each have before and during slaughter? And i will admit i’ve not watched the beef one since i love beef and don’t want to lose that. That said, i think everyone should watch this show. Everyone should have a clear idea where food comes from and if you cant quite do vegetarian, at least eat local as much as you can. Visit the places your food comes from when possible. Think local before big box and big companies. Every little bit helps.

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  9. I didn’t eat mammals for 19 years so I have come to my opinions over time and with much education. I now have a very small farm where we grow a lot of produce as well as grow and harvest our own beef, pork, and chicken. We also eat deer that my husband hunts. I think the education that needs to be happening is the difference between humanely-raised animals versus large farm, commercially-raised animals. The animals we raise are happy. They have freeedom to run, play, and root in the sunshine right up until the day they die. Commercial farms are where animals are treated cruelly, injected with many things, fed many unnatural diets and never allowed to really live. I wish we would go back a couple of hundred years in the way that our food is grown. We would be healthier and animals wouldn’t be suffering as they are now. And yes, we neuter animals that are not going to breed. Just like my dog who was recently neutered, I think an animal is happier if they don’t have that strong mating urge that they are unable to satisfy.

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  10. Megabeth says:

    Here’s another perspective: An interesting article on grist that suggests a vegan/omnivore alliance regarding factory farming…

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  11. Veganism and vegetarianism are not sustainable in all climates. Those diets require supplements shipped in from long distances at a high petroleum cost. Furthermore, growing grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts is responsible for killing billions of animals through clearing, tillage, mechanical weeding, harvest and road kill from transportation. Vegan/veggi diets are not without the sin of killing animals.

    Whether people want to eat meat, dairy or not is a personal choice. What we can probably almost all agree on is that the factory model, the CAFOs, with their high intensity, high petrol use and unsustainability are a big problem.

    There is an alternative and that is pastured farming. We raise thousands of pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens and geese on pasture and excess dairy for almost all of their diet. We do not buy the commercial hog feeds – grains are not necessary. Our total petroleum usage per year is miniscule and completely offset by orders of magnitude by the carbon and nitrogen that are soaked up by our farm’s fields and forests. The result is green meat. If you want to eat meat you can feel good about, and which will be healthier, buy from a local pasture based small family farmer. This has the added benefit of pumping your money into the local economy where it will come back to you.

    On the topic of piglet castration – it is not necessary. Only a very small number of breeds of pigs have what is termed boar taint. The simple solution is to not use those problem breeds and to manage the animals properly. The commercial breeds are primarily based on Yorkshire and Hampshire which do not have taint when properly managed and fed. Commercial corn/soy feeds and low fiber diets are a problem as are confinement feeding operations. Pasturing solves that. We’ve been raising pigs on pasture of about a decade, we don’t castrate, we scientifically proved it wasn’t necessary with our herds under our management and feed. We have thousands of repeat customers who have been buying from us for years through local stores and restaurants who get our weekly deliveries of fresh pork. We have standing weekly orders. Why? Because the meat is so good.

    Castration is inhumane – the solution is don’t do it. As an added bonus, intact boar pigs grow faster, bigger and are more efficient at turning food into meat. If you’re interested in more on this topic read this:

    http://SugarMtnFarm.com/blog/2008/02/boar-tasting.html

    Cheers,

    -Walter
    Sugar Mountain Farm
    in Vermont

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