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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • It’s getting close to supper time… At the very least, this has made me decide to seriously look into non-factory farmed, organic, free range meat and I do eat less meat than I used to… Not nearly good enough, I know. Thanks for posting this and, humour aside, you got me thinking about it again.

  • No! No! It keeps getting worse! Aaarrrggghhh. I am SO depressed. Bee killing chemical companies. Kay, who’s worse than that? The makers of Agent Orange? But I DOWgress, er, DIgress. Sigh…

  • I know I’m always the contrary voice, but plants are sentient too. Just because they don’t think and feel in the same way we do, doesn’t make it any less killing and eating life. We are all part of the food chain. (K)

    • The poor plants. Yes, we are all part of the food chain. That’s nature. It’s the poor quality of life, and actual suffering, of the animals we eat that is disturbing. I don’t put small farmers and hunters in the same category as Big Ag.

      • I agree. We definitely need to work to make our food sources both more humane and less degrading of the environment. I think I just know too many people who think their diets make them superior to everyone else! It’s not what you eat, but how the food gets to your table that should be the focus. That goes for plants, as well as animals.

  • Wish I had the courage to become a vegetarian. I am fortunate to have a wife who is an amazing, creative cook. A knowing voice inside me says “At 72, don’t rock this unique boat.” Knowing what animals suffer in factory farms, however, creates a nagging guilt.

      • Like the saying goes: an animal killed by a hunter only has one bad day in its life. But our dependence for food on anything one step up the food chain from plants is about 10 times less sustainable, according to the grade ten textbooks my students used to read… Must check whether that number is still considered accurate for a chicken farm. Don’t get me started on eggs or milk… This is NOT helping!

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