"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others".-- George Orwell
Editor, Santa Fe Reporter
The letter exchange resulting from Elizabeth Miller's article "Huntress"
somewhat misses the point as far as killing animals. I see a lot of
meat sold in Santa Fe stores including Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and my
own co-op, La Montanita. Indeed, while hunting is on a long term decline in the US, Americans have available about 180 lbs of meat of all
types per year each (USDA) and are ravenously killing chickens and
eating more meat, even as red meat consumption decreases (Rabobank data).
While a lot of the meat sold at upscale stores may be advertised as
grass fed, free range, antibiotic free, etc. in order to attract the
healthy living market in the City Different, I don't know of any "no
kill meat". So unless one is a vegan (milk, cheese and eggs support
animal agriculture), one is killing animals with one's wallet rather
than a gun or bow, and sometimes under deplorable conditions found in
"animal factories". At least hunters are honest about how their meat
gets to their table.
If you deplore hunting, you should be at minimum, a vegetarian and
ideally, a vegan. My own conversion from an avid hunter is detailed