November 20, 2017

Teach Children to Hunt by Heidi Aquino

There has been a recent shift in consciousness when it comes to our food sources as more and more people are demanding clean nutritional food for themselves and their children. Personally, my quest for pure wholesome food has made me embrace hunting, which is a giant leap from where I stood on the sport 15 years ago. My stepfather is a hunter and after I saw his love and respect for his “kill” and his dedication to use all parts of the animal for food, my shift in opinion began.

Lately my 8-year-old daughter and I have been watching a show on TV called Kill it, Cook it, Eat it. The premise of the show is to expose meat lovers and vegetarians alike to livestock farms where they see how the animals we eat are raised and how they are killed, followed by the preparation of the food and consumption. Shouldn’t we know where our meat comes from? Shouldn’t our children see the process?

We recently took our annual pilgrimage to a small town in Mexico where my husband’s family gathers once a year for a religious celebration. At this celebration we eat and eat and eat MEAT. One morning my husband asked me to make sure the girls were inside- it was time to butcher the turkey. I thought this was a perfect opportunity for our own “Kill it, Cook it, Eat it” episode.

The turkey hung upside down from the palm tree and its throat was cut, allowing the blood to pour out (into a Tupperware container, to be later used in a dish). After about 1 minute it started to kick and struggle; it was hard to watch. My daughter was steadfast on that bird and when it was all over she turned to me and said, “I am hungry”- no joke.

Every day my family tries to eat less and less animal protein; I believe we are not meant to have animal products every evening, but maybe a couple times a week. I encourage you to witness the process, respect the food you give to your family and teach your children to value life. I don’t think my daughter had an epiphany that day, but I do think a seed was planted.

 

Heidi is an adventure-loving mother of two young girls.

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