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Pet Lamb
17-APR-2010

Pet Lamb

Our neighbour's pet lamb is proving a big attraction with passers-by, adults and children alike.
It was bottled fed so it runs up to anyone it sees and will suck a proffered thumb.
Today I was accused of being heartless for, after petting the lamb and letting it suck
my thumb, I stuck a joint of lamb in the oven for dinner. I guess growing up on a farm
means that I am not sentimental when it comes to the fate of farm animals. I do believe
in Compassion in Farming though and wish that farming hadn't become such a massive
industry. Our neighbours' sheep have a good life - they are the freedom to roam the
fields and mountains before the, erm, inevitable end which sees them ending up on
someone's plate with mint sauce.
The roast lamb, by the way, was delicious.

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Doug Cruden13-May-2010 21:10
LOL, love the commentary :o)
LynnH19-Apr-2010 15:39
I feel the same way. I love animals, but don't mind eating them. All baby animals are cute, but once in a while, you get a special one like this!!
pkocinski19-Apr-2010 13:04
What a cute looking lamb. No wonder folks stop by.
Neal Nye18-Apr-2010 11:15
It's sickening to think about how animals are treated on factory farms. The thought almost ruins this delightful, tender shot. But not entirely. It still brings a smile to one's face.
Colin Storey18-Apr-2010 10:53
So cute, JJ is right, if we did'nt eat them, they would not be there. v
Kevin Chester18-Apr-2010 08:33
I grew up killing rabbits with my father, in my teenage years I was a veggie for 5 years, now I eat all meat. I always say its better to acknowledge than ignore, people who ignore the connection are less likely to care for an animals welfare in my opinion. What am I ranting about, great work, and a real cute Dinner .... I mean Lamb.
Johnny JAG18-Apr-2010 06:26
Very cute, if it wasn't for meat eaters the little beauties wouldn't be there.
Alan K17-Apr-2010 21:55
A nicely balanced attitude... and photograph. (I have to admit having felt a little guilty about enjoying lamb so much seeing some of the photos in this series. But only a little, and I don't have it all that often.)
Coleen Perilloux Landry17-Apr-2010 21:43
I grew up eating the farm animals for dinner, too. However, as I get older I can no longer eat what I have seen running around the day before.
Such a sweet photo.
globalgadabout17-Apr-2010 21:07
curiosity meets mutual respect..a charming pair at a buzzing moment..V
Stephanie17-Apr-2010 21:04
OMG ! Grab the lamb and run little girl!!!!
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