Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU)
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 15:32:46 -0400
What purpose could there ever be in having Scouts kill and prepare chickens
My Explorer Leader worked on the hog slaughtering line at Patrick Cudahy
packing plant, I helped at the family farm on weekends - many times killing
chickens and sometimes killing hogs. I don't think that either of us was
in love with killing. I know it did not become easier the more I did.
As I have become older I find I remember the blood everywhere, the smell of
death and the filth associated with the task. Until this thread started I
had forgotten the fact that I also know that I can kill and clean an animal
to eat AND that I should never take food for granted.
An animal gave its life so that I could eat meat - I give thanks to the
spirit of that animal for the gift it gave to me. A person used his life
to raise, process and provide the food I eat - I give thanks to that
person's spirit for the hard, dirty work required to provide me with the
food I eat.
Maybe if more youth had a chance, at least once, to do the ugly, hard jobs
required to put food on the table, it would be easier for them to give
thanksgiving before each meal and to appreciate that they don't have to do
those things every day.
It wouldn't be my first choice for a program, but there might be a reason
to include the experience of killing, gutting and cleaning an animal for
the table as part of the Scout program.
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