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