LITTLE LAMBS HAVE FEELINGS TOO - No Mint Sauce Allowed

I don't think these two got eaten cause of their sweaters.
I don't think these two got eaten cause of their sweaters.

I understand if You Want To Move On...Just Hear Me out

So, I know that the title of this hub will make some people go "Huh?!!!!" And surely I know that this will not be one of my most popular hubs. But hear me out because this does not just have to do with LAMBS only. This has to do with the way some people think! Sure, we have all had very good dinners full of delicious recipes from all over the world. We all know that you can put something on any sort of meat and make it even better. We all know that mint sauce taste great on lamb, especially Welsh Lamb (I have been told). WE all know that you can't beat a really good organic beef burger and homemade sausages in Europe! This I know is true cause I have eaten it all and have enjoyed it too! But I did not SEE them before I ate them! Infact I'm not so sure where the sausage meat actually comes from? Well I sorta know, but PLEASE "don't tell me!" or I will never eat another one! When I was in England I saw so many animals and so many cute little lambs! I wanted to run outside and hug them like a big stuffed animal! Even if they stunk! I just could not imagine them on my plate anymore! Even if I know how yummy they actually taste! Go ahead Lovey.....LAUGH! I know you are! I just wanted to start a campaign called "Save The Lambs!" I still DO! I can't even think of these cute little animals being led to the slaughterhouse......SAVE THEM...PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

So here goes my point. Here is the GPAGE point in this article my friends. I sort of understand why some people become vegetarians. I tried to watch a video on the web a few weeks ago on how animals are abused before they are slaughtered and I could not move past the first 5 minutes. It was shocking and I was horrified and I started to think about all of the young piglets that had their testicles ripped off before they were old enough to defend themselves and I wondered what it would be like if they were not so helpless? Sort of like children? When I look at little lambs and they look so cute with their cute little BAHS, I often think of children and their cute little cries and this is what brings me here to write. My big heart sinks over the "young" whatever! Baby everything! I am a mother for Gods sake! I must save the children, piglets and lambs! All of the helpless young NEED me to save them!!! Ok, I have gotten it off my chest for now. Atleast until I go back to the place with thousands of cute little lambs.

When I mentioned that I could not eat lamb after looking at them all day long while I was in England, someone close to me brought up a good point. He said that if I was in a desert and had to eat or I could not afford anything else, I would eat whatever was put in front of me. I understand this...I really do. But to me that is like saying a child has no choice and is helpless when it comes to choices in life. The young are often helpless when it comes to abuse, their diets, their surroundings and their homes. I want to blame the parents and the people who abuse their children by doing what they think is right because that is all they know. Ofcourse this has nothing to do with lambs but I'm on a ramble so bare with me! When I was growing up I was at a house once that we visited for the first time. The father was abusive and my father did not realize what was going on until he heard the screaming in the bedroom at their bedtime. The father of the three children beat them senseless before they went to bed every single night and it was for no damn reason and he thought he was doing nothing wrong! My father was in shock and so was I and he took me and left right away and I was too young to know what was going on, but I often wondered what happened to those kids? Did my father or anyone ever report the abuse? Did they know any better? When the other siblings screamed while one of their brothers were being beaten was it like the lambs when they got louder as some of their family members were taken to the slaughter house?

Nomatter how much you like to eat them, they must be feeling SOMETHING. Sometimes we just don't know when the young are hurting including children. Some of them can't speak or say what is happening to them. Like the little lambs in the fields. Just playing along and not knowing any better. Not knowing that some day soon they will be dinner. The children who were beaten every night of their lives until someone reported their father. They never knew that it was wrong but they hurt badly. I heard it in their cries when I left. I never forgot them.

A friend once told me that if you put animals that were tortured in your body it can effect you. Just think that if the animal was really stressed or in extreme pain when they died or were slaughtered, their nervous system and whatever else may have altered their bodies before they ended up on your plate and then inside you. And you think this will not effect you? Did you ever have a sleepless night after a big steak?

WE will never know how we are actually being effected by consuming bad meat (especially in the U.S.) and what they are actually adding to it after they abuse and kill it. Although they have stricter regulations in Europe and it is harder to add any sort of hormones, antibiotics and shots, it does not mean you will not have health issues in the future. Just like children who experienced extreme stress when they were young and did not know how it actually effected them as adults. WE will just never know.

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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

I understand you very well, and I know the feeling but I am not sure if I will avoid eating it once a burger from it will be served in front of me... but then I know Animals have feelings.....I can't finish your slaughter story that is something I always avoid to know....


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Bill Yovino 5 years ago

Regarding the photo of the lambs in "sweaters". They were probably abandoned by their mother, or their mother died. They were given "sweaters" (actually skins from dead lambs) so that another ewe would feed them as if they were her own. Nature is cruel and they would die without this little bit of subterfuge.


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

Maria...I understand. Like you I enjoy eating meat. I sort of don't want to know either, but the point is that "what we don't know can and will hurt us".....eventually. Like you I don't "want to know." BUT I don't want to be in the dark about it either. Especially in the U.S. where the regulations are not good at all....Anyway, thanx for stopping in and leaving a comment. Best, GPAGE


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

OK Bill....you made me giggle. You did. Thanx for stopping by and leaving such an entertaining comment! Best, GPAGE


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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

Gpage when I was younger I wanted to have a pet lamb but it was not possible in my country.... Now I have two dogs that I love so much... those thngs that you want to know because you don't want to be in the dark, those are my battle too.... hope to see more of your hubs.


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IslandVoice 5 years ago from Hawaii

Gosh, i love lamb, and mint jelly, and 'dont' want to know' everything that's done to them poor little cuties. I mean i know about loving and caring for animals, but, end up in the grocery, bought, cooked and eaten by us humans! I am just about to finish my article on man's depravity...and now this. Lol! Kidding aside, i get yah G. Should we go vegetarian?


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks Maria! I really appreciate you coming here and writing your thoughts and comments. Thanks for your kind words also. All the best, GPAGE


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

IV! I just HAD to get it off my chest!!! I felt such a sense of GUILT after seeing so many cuties in the fields! I have thought of going vegetarian, but I don't think I can? There are certain things I really like (like amazing sausages in England).....some of the things I just should not eat! But I do....Quite a few friends of mine have become vegetarians at one time and then eventually went back to meat. I only know a few that have done it for a very long time and stuck with it for good......What I do is make vegetarian versions of popular meat dishes and have meat only once in a while....I eat a lot of fish too....

Anyway, I will not be eating lamb for a while!!! Maybe never again.....I'm not sure....?

Love ya.....G


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IslandVoice 5 years ago from Hawaii

We try to avoid meat ourselves, but there are days when we get cravings. Love veggies and fish too (butterfish, cod, tilapia, catfish, bass, halibut,so many varieties here) and lamb, grassfed organic beef, kobe steak, and just food, food, food. Now, im hungry! Anyway, don't sweat it, stay far away from the lamb, unless you want to pet 'em, you don't have to do anything you don't want to. Love and aloha!


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viryabo 5 years ago

Hello G,

I have this thing about animals (though it has hardly stopped me from eating meat, sadly), i seem to feel that they look sad and at the mercy of us humans.

If someone hits a dog cruelly, for example, my heart 'bleeds' when i hear it's yelp. Even watching TV and seeing pets that have been maltreated brings a tear to my eye.

I understand your feelings about those cute little animals, kind of the same way i feel about cute soft cuddly rabbits, and those who EAT THEM.

Life is strange and even though we've been taught that God gave them to us for food, it's still painful to imagine the agony of their final moments.

Beautiful article as usual G. One that touches the heart.

How have you been? missed you.

GodBless


lovey 5 years ago

I have a lot to say on this subject and I will get back to ya... but for now I would like you all to consider this question that really highlights the fact that we are very lucky to have choice in our diet:

Do cannibals on a health kick only eat vegetarians?

Do ya get my point?

Love m xxx


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

Viryabo...I'm so happy to see you here! I missed you too. I love your comment. I remember the first time I went to England and saw cubed rabbit in a bag in the freezer section! It took me a while to calm down! I never ate it though, but I have tried venison and have made Bambi jokes in the past. Probably my only way of dealing with it since it was a foreign concept at the time for me. I have never had venison since. I just ate the most amazing organic angus beef burger in England and I did not see any animals around. I knew they were on the other side of the gate at the other side of the farm. I ate it and it was one of the best ever. I think they did a test some years ago about "people getting hurt" versus "animals getting hurt" in television or films and more people got upset at the animals getting hurt. Especially the baby one's so once again this is something that a lot of people think about. More people cried over a hurt animal then a human. Anyway, I will not be eating lamb for a while. Somehow all of their little faces have imprinted themselves. I do think it is better if you know where your food comes from. In England there were lots of farms with farm shops that you could go to and get fresh meat. Atleast you knew where it comes from. That is the scary part in the U.S. So much is added to the meat. I can go on and on!

Anyway, always nice to see you!!!! G


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

OK lovey...I get the humor and your point! I know what you love to eat also! And I know you have a huge heart, so be it if you love your sausages! They ARE really good! Especially the one's from the farm shop! Don't tell me exactly what is in them. Please. ha

Like you said earlier, atleast you know where your food comes from. If I don't know where it is coming from, I will not eat it now. Especially the sausages here in the U.S. with a million things added to it. So much that it takes a long time to read the label. No thank you! I will wait for the good stuff or not eat it at all.

Love g xxx


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James McV Sailor 5 years ago from Northern California

Ah, what a conundrome..... lamb is really one of my favorite foods, but they are quite cute and tame, especially when young.

Would we care so much for them if we didn't eat them? Would we still raise them, and feed them, would we take even as meager care of the herds as we do now if in the end they had no use to us.... would they even exist, or just as food for the wolves? I doubt that many would be kept as pets, and in the wild they would not be well cared for, and probably not as cute or clean as those we pamper and prepare for our plates.....

I grew up on a ranch, and so my steak and my chicken sometimes had a name. We gave the animals a lot more respect then, that's perhaps the saddest part of the meat markets today. JM


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

Hello James! I have been traveling quite a lot lately. So, I have finally been able to focus on my writing again. You have some good points here and ofcourse you grew up around some animals that you had for dinner! I have not been able to eat lamb since I saw so many of these adorable creatures! Time will tell I guess! Actually, I had the best angus burger on my way to sheep country and the animals were on the other side of the farm! Maybe it is something to do with the little babies with the cute faces! Anyway, hope all is well with you? I just read your profile again. I'm so happy for you! You are in Northern California now and looks like you have a nice job......Cool! Best, G


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Never underestimate about your work. You are popular in my heart. I just noticed about this hub from facebook. Actually, I had never seen the lamb before. Please, don't laugh. But I was familiar with goat. Thanks for share the beautiful hub about LITTLE LAMBS and I also enjoy with the story above. Well done, Gina. You got my VOTE as always. Cheers...

Prasetio


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

PRASETIO! Thank you so much for being here and sharing your heart! I'm not laughing about the fact that you have not seen a lamb. I'm glad that you can see one here. If anything, I brought something "new" to your attention and that makes me feel good! Thanx again for all your support prasetio and for always making me feel "special"....Always, G


Lisa Mae DeMasi 5 years ago

Sweet little lambs. I'm been a vegetarina for a decade after learning about the rigors of factory farming. I couldn't believe the atrocity involved. I understand that people love to eat meat but if they could make better choices - organic, free range - and eliminate a great of the cruelty, it would make a big difference.


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GPAGE 5 years ago from California Author

Lisa...Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. I really appreciate it. I agree with you 100%....."eliminate the cruelty." This would make it better. GPAGE

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