I read this story earlier today about a group of English schoolchildren who raised a lamb for several months. Then, by a 13-1 vote, they decided to send the lamb to the slaughterhouse, its intended destination all along. Yes, the kids, through their elected council of 6 to 11 year olds, voted to end the lamb’s life.
Of course, parents and animal rights groups were up in arms. They claimed that the kids could have learned about how wool is made instead. The money raised from the lamb was supposed to be used to buy some piglets to raise. Those plans are now on hold.
I actually applaud the school for doing this. We are a society of meat eaters. Whether it’s the burger or nuggets from McDonald’s, the pepperoni on the pizza, or the bacon you had for breakfast, an animal gave its life for that meal. Teaching children about the reality of the source of our food is important. Might it result in more vegetarians? Probably, and that’s not a bad thing. I try to remind my children about meat, and no matter how you look at it, it’s inhumane to eat it. But it’s also the way our world works, and as long as we attempt to understand this process, we’re better off. And as you know, I’m nowhere close to being a vegetarian.
I almost wonder if groups like PETA would actually be better off if they promoted this type of exercise everywhere. Yes, one animal would be sacrificed, but if just one child becomes a vegetarian as a result, think of how many animals would be saved. It’s a philosophical and moral dilemma for sure, but an interesting one.