Killing my Thanksgiving Dinner and a Lesson in Gratitude (Explicit Photos)

SONY DSCI believe that everyone who chooses to eat meat should have the experience of raising, killing, and preparing their own meal. This is a process we need to understand.

I believe in eating as locally as possible, regardless of your dietary choices (vegan, paleo, vegetarian, etc).

This is how I learned to humanely kill a chicken. The photos are explicit, but I hope they will inspire you to a deeper sense of awareness and appreciation for your meal.

These birds were fertilized, hatched, raised, cared for, and loved at The Wolfestead.

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The step-by-step process we used to kill our chickens:

Direct YouTube link HERE.

“There is no difference to me in the killing of bacteria that is out of balance in my body causing my system to be ill, than to kill a chicken to sustain healthy life. Also, when I am done with my body, or my body is done with me, I would wish, if possible, for the atoms of my body, my flesh, to be able to be dismantled by animals and organisms for their benefit and life. Feel free to feed me back to my chickens, they are canabilistic little bastards.”Nathaniel Wolfe

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6 responses

  1. I completely agree with the first paragraph. We’re raising our own meat chickens right now and planning on harvesting all fifteen next week. Since that’s a lot for two people in one day, we’ve recruited friends to help. Many of them are grossed out by it and won’t help out even though we offered them a free chicken (It’s organic and they go for about $25-30 each at the farmer’s market here–so I think that’s a pretty generous reward). How do they think their meat gets to the fridge?

    We also considered chicken for Thanksgiving, but I don’t know if I could eat them the same day. There’s something about the smell of the water you dip them in to get the feathers out that put me off meat for a couple of weeks last time around.

  2. Thank you for the timely reminder. Short and to the point. I couldn’t agree more, we have become totally disconnected from our food source.

  3. Vanessa, you are leading a life closer to my values than my own. I think you are absolutely wonderful but am, at the same time, rather envious. At any rate, you make me think about the fears holding me back from a truly authentic existence. Keep on doin’ what you do.

  4. Thank you for sharing these photos… explicit as they are, it’s important to see.

    And I appreciate the Nathaniel Wolfe quote. It seems fair in a way.

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