As the holiday season winds down and decorations are packed away, disposing of Christmas trees sits at the top of the to-do list for many households. Even our region’s most famous residence, the Biltmore Estate, can’t escape the task of tree removal. In fact, with more than 100 hand-decorated Christmas trees in and around the estate, Biltmore has had to develop more than one approach to recycling and reusing its trees.
“Traditions of violence and discrimination have long existed in our society, but that does not mean that they are acceptable.”
“Of all the forms of animal agriculture, those advocating ethical slaughter practices should probably be the first to truly have glass walls.”
“Once again, we see the tendency of the far left to attack the almost far left for not being pure or strident enough.”
This fall, an international animal rights organization spearheaded a campaign to stop a small Western North Carolina permaculture school from hosting its annual home-butchering workshop.
“The local vegans have nothing to gain personally from their protest. In fact, as they pay for supplies out of their own pockets, it costs them money. I’m proud to be associated with them.”
“The vegans have raised their battle flags against Wild Abundance, Asheville’s local permaculture, natural-building and primitive-skills school. The abusive nightmare that we survived last fall with our newborn has returned with even more ‘fire and fury.'”
Wild foods, foraged from Western North Carolina’s biodiverse environment, give a boost to health as superfoods high in nutrients, say leaders of local “weed walks.”
“The only way to mitigate the horrific suffering our species now inflicts on the others is to abolish animal agriculture as such, once and for all.”
“We hope that if people sympathize with the demise of one helpless sheep and recognize, that he or she didn’t deserve to be “harvested” and “processed,” that this will carry over to compassion for other animals.”
” Next year, please leave us alone, and go focus your time on issues that matter like racist police brutality, factory farms, gentrification, climate change, etc.”
Despite a contentious week of social media campaigns, phone calls and emails from vegan and animal rights activists, local sustainability educators Meredith Leigh and Natalie Bogwalker went ahead with their workshop, Cycles of Life: Humane Slaughter and Butchering.
“My heart breaks for the sheep who will be made vulnerable, assaulted and robbed of her life needlessly.”
“I strive to see the whole system in all things, live my life in service of holistic thought and practice, and work daily to expose the interdependence and synergy of systems to others.”
“When you choose to kill an animal for culinary pleasure, you are saying that for you, this animal is nothing. You are everything.”
“If we are disconnected from our food and where our sustenance comes from, it’s a very dangerous thing for humanity,” says Natalie Bogwalker, founder of Wild Abundance. In November, Bogwalker teaches a two-day workshop that focuses on humane, reverent and conscious slaughtering and butchery practices.