LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER
During the Easter period millions of lambs, only three to five months old, are killed to be eaten at Easter. We are practically eating the equivalent of babies in sheep form.
Well its an analogy isn’t it?
I have written this blog to try to persuade you, not to eat lamb this Easter.
Eating meat has contributed in a massive way to human evolution according to an excerpt of Vaclav Smil’s ‘Should We Eat Meat?’. It has allowed us humans to develop bigger brains, smaller guts, bipedalism (where an organism uses it’s rear limbs or legs to move which distinguishes us humans from other animals) and advanced means of communication through hunters cooperating to hunt prey. Larger brains benefited, and still do, from the amount of high-quality protein obtained from consuming meat. Also, because of this, our digestive system evolved from a herbivore diet to a omnivore diet.
Yet have us humans taken this a little bit too far?
I think so, as we now have a vast choice of meats, why do we need to indulge in a baby lamb as well then?
Easter in the Christian Faith
Easter is the about the resurrection of Jesus Christ after being crucified on the cross. The crucifixion of Jesus took place on Good Friday and he rose from the dead on the Sunday of the same week. This is now known as Easter Sunday.
As well as representing the resurrection of Jesus, Easter brings the season of new life; of new flowers and plants growing, of trees regaining their green leaves and of new animals being born. But people still choose to kill and eat lamb in a season of new life, which seems odd and a bit of a contradiction, during a season of renewal and new things being brought to life.
According to Food History, centuries ago, it was considered a good omen to eat lamb; especially during Easter. There was a superstition that the devil could take on the forms of all animals apart from lamb due to it’s religious symbol of renewal and new life. During the seventh century, the Benedictine monks wrote a prayer for blessing the lamb.
People eat lamb for religious reasons. But how can that be true? If people are truly religious they should follow the meaning of Easter, of renewal and of new life, aren’t lambs born at Easter time?
The Nutritional Pros and Cons
Lamb can be nutritious to the human body. In a blog written by Da
vid L. Katz, says that there is no reason to stay away from lamb. The nutritional value of the lamb is down to the way it’s cut and how it was raised. Lamb has less marbling than beef, so when it is trimmed away it becomes much leaner and healthier to consume.
However, Askmen.com begs to differ…
Lamb is luscious and filling but can be very bad for you. As it is a red meat, it carries the same risks as beef and can be just as fattening. A recent ten year study performed by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) found that people who ate red meat everyday were a third more likely to get Colon Cancer than those who don’t. Researchers believe that two compounds called Hemoglobin and Myoglobin react with chemicals in the gut to create cancer-causing agents.
EPIC found that people who ate 2.8OZ of red meat a day were thirty percent more likely to develop Colon Cancer. But even people who eat 2OZ of red meat a day still have that very same risk. They advised that people were to only eat a portion of red meat weighing 8OZ a week.
Conclusion and my opinion
I believe we should not be eating lamb during Easter. As I said before, lambs only live from 3-5 months before being slaughtered to be eaten. Why should we kill baby animals just because they have more tender meat, (gluttony) or because they supposedly protect you from the devil ?(as they believed centuries ago). Bear in mind I am religious and go to church every Sunday – but in no way is this morally right. It is not right for us to kill these animals, that God has given us to look after, and eat them like their just a packet of sweets or biscuits.