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  • The cow died instantly, but it took a few minutes for her to bleed out.

    (She was shot once in the forehead with a .357 and went down with a mouth full of grain, dead but otherwise untroubled. Only then was her neck cut. If you think the passive tense ‘she was shot' is abdication, we can say ‘Zach shot her.’ But he won't be the only one to eat her so perhaps ‘We shot her’ is a more accurate moral representation of the event.)

    It was summer but the blood steamed on the hay.

    (There is nothing inherently unnatural about eating animals, but now hardly anyone sees them die. I thought that as an omnivore I had the responsibility to watch the transformation from animal to food and I didn’t turn away until her heart quit pumping blood out of her dead body and the death throes stopped. I thought this might teach me something, some profound insight I’d been missing all these years of blissful burgers. But I’ve tried before and I keep coming up short.)

    "Thanks ol' girl."

    (Maybe it isn’t killing for food that troubles me. Maybe it’s Death. )

    I tried to close her eyes but they wouldn’t stay shut.
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