The Dinkledorfs #011

The Dinkledorfs #11

cartoon: the dinkledorfs #11

I remember the first time my son realized that the chicken on his plate was the same as the chickens that we’d see walking with their baby chicks along the side of the road here in Hawaii.  When I told him (he was maybe 7 or 8 years old then) what he was eating, he paused for the longest time, staring at his food, and quietly muttered, “This was a bird?”

Yes, son.  It used to be a bird, just like the ones we love to stop and watch.

I don’t even remember making that connection myself until I was in my 30s.  I mean, of course I knew what “chicken” was, but there’s this…gap…between us and the living creatures that our meals once were.  We never watched them be born, never fed them, never saw them grow up or have babies or nurture their young, and we certainly never killed them ourselves.  It’s kind of a shock when you first start to think about it, especially if you consider yourself an “animal lover” like I do.

The Dinkledorfs #11 — a cartoon by Chris Desatoff

tags:  cartoons, comic strips, mcdonalds, chicken mcnuggets, vegan, vegetarian, goveg

5 comments for “The Dinkledorfs #011

  1. June 1, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I know what you mean about that gap. I always said I could never be vegan. In the next breath, I also said if I had to kill my own meat, I’d starve. that doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? Due to health reasons, I finally made the transition to full vegan on February 1st of this year and I feel like a new person. My family was so impressed with how it improved my health that they went vegan, too. When I was eating Paleo, I focused on buying “humane” meat, but I’ve since learned there is no such thing. Surprisingly, I don’t even miss eating meat at all and I don’t eat much of the fake meats, either. My body seems glad to be rid of it. I started a new blog at http:// plantbasedtoni.tumblr.com if you’re interested in following my journey. Are you thinking about giving up meat? I could point you to resources that helped me.

    • ChrisDesatoff
      June 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Toni! Good to hear from you. How are you doing?

      “I always said I could never be vegan. In the next breath, I also said if I had to kill my own meat, I’d starve.”

      Actually, that makes perfect sense to me, only because I used to feel exactly the same way (I think most of us can relate). And after a brief period of being the worst vegan ever, I simply gave up and buried that inner conflict and refused to think about what I was eating as I went back to my meat-eating ways.

      But recently I’ve come back to it and decided to just try again without sweating the small stuff. So right now I’m basically 95% vegan haha. I still do end up getting some meat/egg/dairy in there on occasion, like in beef-broth soups or garden burgers that include traces of egg or whatever.

      I think of it like I’m aiming for a teeny tiny bullseye (pure veganism). And if I miss the mark sometimes, it’s still much better off for myself and for animals compared to what I would be eating otherwise. So in my book, it’s still a win. I’ll just keep aiming for veganism, sometimes hitting it, sometimes missing it “just a little.”

      Feel free to drop some links to those resources you were talking about. I’d like to go and take a look, and maybe someone else reading along will be interested too.

      Thanks!

      • ChrisDesatoff
        June 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

        Oh my god…lately I’ve been missing it “just A LOT.” Hoping to get through our Hawaii-to-Vegas transition soon and back into a regular life routine where I can focus on changing the things in my life that I want to change.

  2. June 1, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Yes, if I lived in the woods by myself I don’t think I could ever kill an animal. I would be a vegetarian for sure. I can’t even understand why people hunt, even if they eat the meat themselves. It just doesn’t seem right. But I love a good piece of beef in a restaurant. Crazy, I know!

    • ChrisDesatoff
      June 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      I can relate, Karen. Definitely. And while I am currently taking another whack at being vegan, I’ll be the first to admit that I really REALLY wish ribeyes grew on trees =)

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