In Chapter 7 of 17,while writing his first book, "The Shameless Carnivore", author Scott Gold travels to upstate New York
to help a farm family butcher a 700-pound steer named Ernie. The emotional experience teaches Gold greater respect and reverence for killing and eating animals.
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Erik: In the shameless carnivore, you spend the weekend in the upstate New York butchering stir named Ernie, what did you learn about yourself in that experience? Scott: I learned that I had taken my meat for granted for way too long and it was very important that I experienced that process. And I initially, that was even in book proposal. It was just an opportunity that came my way. And I very easily could have said oh you know that seems like it might be difficult and you know I am under absolutely no obligation to deliver that sort of thing into my editor at the end of the day. Erik: To butcher a 700 pound, stir. Scott: Exactly, but I saw this opportunity to really experience what life on the farm is like and to experience meat from the very, very the beginning, from a living kind of dopy animal whose chewing at my coat, mooing and pooping on the farm to at the end of a very, very long and difficult but physically and an emotional day. To going home with steaks and chops and in roasts in a cooler in the car. So it was important for me to experience that because I’m a fan and entertaining writer. I use a lot of humor in my writings, kind of the way I am in the way that I like to write the way that I like to tell story but I really wanted to not come across the glimb because when you eat meat like you’re experiencing however indirectly the death of an animal. And it’s very important to take that seriously not just to have reverence for life but also to appreciate that where meats come from. And when you do, you might not be as non-challant about your meat consumption and you might take a little bit more seriously. Which is important not just for the animals but for you as a person maybe, I certainly eat less meat now believe it than I did before and being on that farm and going through that process was very instrumental in that happening.
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