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(i don't consider them pets, but my kids dont feel the same way)
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I ate (part of) a cow that was named after me. Does that count?
Which part did they name after you???
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how do you know the hamburger you ate wasn't someone's pet?
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why go out for hamburger when you've got steak at home?
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(i don't consider them pets, but my kids dont feel the same way)
Right, I think the OP fails to recognize that those who farm tend not to connect to their animals the same way owners do with pets. It doesn't mean you're cruel to those animals. Just a different relationship.
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I wouldn't. I know a lady that has a farm and she does. It's just how it is for her.
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If my pet was named Steve Grondin, I don't think I would. Otherwise maybe.

Have eaten fish from our pond and cows from the farmer next door, which we saw him raise. Not a big deal IMO.

But I don't consider the 4-H stuff to be "pets" - did he throw a frisbee with it, take it with him on a bike ride, etc? I think livestock is a different mentality than pets, so would certainly give me pause. With livestock, you keep them in a pen and a pet sleeps in your bed - almost feels more dishonest.

One of my favorite books, King Rat by James Clavell, a key scene revolves around a dog in a Japanese POW camp that attacks a guard, and the residents never see meat so one of the leaders tells the guy he'll have the dog put down peacefully while inviting his friends over for beef stew.
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My dad was a hobby farmer, though his dad was a real farmer. My dad's younger brother was a security guard at some place in SoCal. When he retired and moved back to Utah, he got a small farm to be a hobby farmer as well.

We had a milk cow and had 1-2 calves per year and raised them for meat. We also had pigs that we bought at auction as wieners and raised to slaughter. Also had chickens for eggs and meat and rabbits for meat. The ducks were just for keeping the mosquitoes at a reasonable level. We named many of our animals that we eventually ate but we always knew they were food and not friends.

My cousins were not prepared to eat their calf that they raised and it was a bit traumatic for them. They regarded it as a pet.

We wouldn't have eaten the cats we had to keep the mice at down or the dogs we used to help us herd the cows.
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