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I’ve Seen You in the Meat Aisle | Animalista Untamed

Animalista Untamed shares a poem. WARNING: You won’t enjoy your hamburger today.


I’ve seen you in the meat aisle,
Seen you choosing who to eat,
Eyeing up their body parts
In rows all nice and neat. […]

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. mytiturk

    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.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      A serious look, awareness, is very powerful. Thanks for exploring the topic of animal welfare here, Mytiturk!

  2. mytiturk

    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…

    • JoAnn Chateau

      The bees, too. If only we could DIgest in peace.

  3. memadtwo

    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)

    • JoAnn Chateau

      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.

      • memadtwo

        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.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Agreed. Thanks for clarifying the issue.

  4. mytiturk

    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.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Exactly! I never cared for hunting, but compared to factory farms, hunting is closer to the natural order of things and is much more humane.

      • mytiturk

        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!

      • JoAnn Chateau

        I’m going to remember that saying, “An animal killed by a hunter only has one bad day in its life.” Thanks for sharing!

  5. james

    “WARNING: You won’t enjoy your hamburger today.”

    Yes, I will.

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