I get this question often, and as an animal lover I probably would have been asking the same thing four years ago before becoming educated on the commodity meat system. My mom thought I would be a vet growing up, and I was the person in 4H that held my animal (goat) back as a pet because I couldn’t stand the thought of slaughtering it. For years, and long after I left the nest, my dad would walk this ex show goat, Pete, with the dogs down Glenoak road every day. And here I am, 13 years later, running a regenerative farm in Texas where animal slaughter is a key part of the equation. I’m sure you can see how much care and respect we have for these animals if you read our posts and weekly emails, or follow our stories. In order for me to explain handling my emotions on kill day, I need to take a couple steps back and talk about how most commodity meat is raised - and commodity meat is what the majority of Americans eat (even if it is labeled as organic, natural, or now “pasture raised”, as large scale and often times VC funded companies are starting to claim after seeing the demand for meat raised this way).