Published On: Mon, Jul 31st, 2017

The Moral Carnivore: &#zero39;Might I actually hunt my meals for a 12 months?&#zero39;


Louise Grey determined to eat solely what she may catch herself

As Louise Grey’s finger hovered over the set off of her looking rifle, she questioned if she was making a horrible mistake.

She had taken a vow that for one 12 months the one meat or fish in her weight loss plan could be what she may catch herself.

But as a rabbit got here into her sights she didn’t know if she would be capable to pull the set off.

“I’d practised taking pictures with the gamekeeper beforehand so I felt competent however I wasn’t ready for the way emotional it could make me really feel. I wished to go residence and curl up and cry,” says Louise.

I used to be what I name a ‘blind omnivore’

Louise Grey

The daughter of a farmer, she had all the time taken an curiosity in the place her meals got here from and tried to eat ethically as a lot as she may.

“I used to be what I name a ‘blind omnivore’. I did take into consideration my meals and I principally purchased free-range meat however typically I’d wobble. Like most individuals, I didn’t have a lot cash or time.”

Nonetheless after working as an environmental correspondent for a nationwide newspaper, she began to understand the impression consuming meat has on the planet.

Agriculture is a major contributor to world warming and causes 15 per cent of all emissions.


Loouise was stunned by the response from her family and friends

“I used to be interviewing scientists day-after-day about local weather change and about what the results is perhaps if we carried on farming the way in which we do. I knew one of many best issues I may do could be to eat much less meat however each time I attempted to be vegetarian, I gave up. So I made a decision to nonetheless eat meat however provided that I knew precisely the place it got here from.”

So Louise, 39, set herself the problem of solely consuming meat she’d killed for a 12 months.

Though she anticipated her family and friends to be disgusted, she was stunned by their response.

“I believed individuals could be horrified however they had been fascinated,” says Louise, who lives in Edinburgh.

In July 2014, she travelled to Hamels Park, Hertfordshire, to satisfy a gamekeeper who would present her learn how to kill a rabbit.

“I began with a rabbit as a result of rabbit populations are managed by gamekeepers anyway to assist different wildlife thrive.”

After instructing her learn how to purpose and shoot, Louise was pushed to a meadow.

But as she obtained the creature in her sights, she began to have second ideas.

“My coronary heart was thumping however I pulled the set off. Then I felt like I’d performed one thing horribly improper and requested myself what I used to be attempting to show by beginning this undertaking.”

Afterwards, Louise says she felt very shaken.

Louise GrayPH

Studying to fish in a Scottish loch was one of many looking strategies Louise tried her hand at

“It was very emotional as a result of I needed to take accountability for the loss of life of an animal.”

Regardless of her preliminary reservations, she was decided to hold on and the next day went oyster fishing on the Essex coast.

That night time she served her buddies oysters which she had caught herself.

“In Britain we’re fortunate to stay on an island surrounded by superb seafood, so I wished to seek out out extra about it. And it didn’t contain taking pictures, which was a bonus.”

Subsequent, Louise realized to fish in a Scottish loch and caught and killed a lobster.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than she began to get pleasure from sourcing her personal meals.

“Each time I introduced meat to the desk that I’d sourced myself I felt huge delight. It was additionally enjoyable to inform my family and friends the story of the place it got here from.”

Her quest gave her a brand new respect for the British countryside.

“I attempted to discover completely different areas of Britain as a result of I believe meals connects us to the panorama round us. It forces you to understand the wildlife round you, particularly while you’re fishing as a result of it’s a must to take your time.”

Louise accomplished her problem and says she gained loads from her experiences.


Louise served her buddies oysters which she had caught herself

“I realized loads about myself and I felt braver. I additionally met some superb individuals alongside the way in which, such because the gamekeeper who taught me to shoot and the farmers.”

Louise says her experiences have modified the way in which she eats for good.

Though she now not kills the meat she consumes herself, she now eats a primarily plant-based weight loss plan and solely buys meat from farm retailers.

“I’ve carried on attempting to study the place my meat comes from but it surely’s a lifetime’s work actually.

“Killing my very own meat affected me emotionally and psychologically however hopefully different individuals can study from my experiences.”

To order a duplicate of The Moral Carnivore by Louise Grey (£9.99, Bloomsbury) name the Categorical Bookshop on 01872 562 310 or go to

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