Episode 48: Buffalo Soldier

My girlfriend/vegetarian/cameraman refuses to watch this week’s video, so I won’t be insulted if some of you also skip over it.  But I’d be more impressed if you did watch.  For those of you that have the lust for blood, or like to see where your meat comes from, this is another one for you.

If you can call killing an animal humane, this is probably the most humane killing I’ve ever seen.  The two bison were dead before they hit the ground — they never knew it was coming.  Regardless, it’s hard to see an animal of such strength and beauty die and then get butchered. I visited Eichten’s Buffalo Ranch and Deutchland Meats on the second coldest morning of the year (I’m having bad luck with that) — In this case my camera actually stopped working.

Featured Recipe:bison tartare
  • http://twitter.com/OpenCarbon Peter Klein

    I love the look of this meat

  • Anonymous


  • Mary Delorie

    I’ve flirted with vegetarianism, but mainly due to ethical reasons of how meat is processed in mass quantities in here the U.S. This kind of video, showing the farmer and his reverence for the animal he cares for and “harvests,” is so important. I encourage everyone to give this video a try. You can do it. And if you can’t, read “Hit by a Farm” by Catherine Friend (http://www.hitbyafarm.com/). There is a moment in the book that was an “ah ha” moment for me when she discusses the deep, deep gratefulness she feels eating her animals.

  • Bltst2

    Am I missing something? The tail is still moving on the animal, post shooting. They don’t appear to be dead before hitting the ground.

    • Derek

      Electrical signals in the body will continue to fire for a brief time after death. Hence you get phrases like “running like a chicken with its head cut off.”

  • Aledifabio

    Felicitaciones por el trabajo, desde Argentina, Patagonia. Saludos

  • Binder

    I have to disagree with him when he said they don’t have emotion.  Mammals have emotions…it’s been proven.  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/do-animals-have-emotions.html

    That said (posted), I’m not apposed to his methods but, one has to be honest about the process and the emotion that experienced by all involved. 

    • Anonymous

      You don’t have to take what he says as truth. Perhaps its what he tells
      himself to be able to do his job

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