What do you do?
Here's an issue...I am selling our sheep. We have realized that these are not the type of sheep we want and we are trying to pare down our animals before we move.
I sold one ewe this morning. The buyer plans to butcher her. When he and his brother picked her up, they caught her quickly---with barely any distress to the animal---quickly and efficiently tied her up and gently placed her in the back of their pick up truck. The buyer told me he was going to fatten her up for a week or two before butchering her. I asked him how he planned to kill her and he told me he would be using a bolt gun as it caused the animal the least amount of pain.
I'm okay with that.
Another buyer---that is well known in this area---has called about the other two sheep. He kills his animals by bleeding them out---slowly---due to his cultural/religious beliefs. I find this offensive and unnecessarily cruel. They are hung by their back legs before they are bled. It can take up to a half hour or longer.
I know, I know, dead is dead, regardless of how it happens.
But something in me absolutely cringes at that barbaric method.
I raise my animals with love and respect and care. The ones we butcher, we dispatch quickly, with as little pain and distress possible.
I need to sell these sheep.
But I am balking at selling them to this guy.
I have until tomorrow morning to decide (that's when he will call back).
What do you think?