Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Michelle Had a…

Lamb chop.


If you’re an omnivore, I assure you that I didn’t write this post to judge you. Still, when my sister, Michelle, told me she cooked her first ever rack of lamb last night, I decided to lovingly remind her of where that rack came from. Yes, I know I’m annoying Michelle, but I love you sis!

Here’s another post about lambs you might like: L is for Lamb


About celestedimilla

Hey there. Iā€™m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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38 Responses to Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Michelle Had a…

  1. A Home Cook says:

    Good comment. Were you trying for the Babe effect in this?

    • To be honest, I didn’t think through what I was trying for with this. But it makes me sound intelligent to say that I was going for the Babe effect, so; sure that’s what I was going for! Celeste šŸ™‚

  2. Namrata says:

    I would have done the same to my sister šŸ™‚ Annoying? maybe. But what’s the harm in trying, right?

  3. Ally says:

    Hi Celeste, I recently researched the Australian lamb industry, and wrote a post about it. In 2014, it is estimated that over 20 million lambs will be slaughtered in Australia. The global figure is incomprehensible.
    I also discovered that lambs are castrated and have their tails docked (cut shorter) without receiving anaesthetic. This is legal. Also, if a farmer needs to perform euthanasia on a sick lamb, it is legal to kill them by stunning them with a ‘heavy blow to the back of the neck to render them unconscious’, followed by ‘bleeding out’.
    Lambs are usually forcefully weaned from their mothers at about 14 weeks of age.
    So, I get where you are coming from.

    • Hi Ally, I would like to say this is shocking information, but unfortunately, it seems par for the course in the farmed nonhuman animal industry. Still, there is a huge need to inform people, so thank you for that! Anne

      • Ally says:

        Thanks Anne šŸ™‚

        Yes, I agree with you. It is disturbing and upsetting but not surprising to people who have encountered this type of information before (in regards to other non-human animal industries). It may be surprising to people who are not familiar with these industries.

    • I just read your L is for Lamb post Ally – so sad! Thanks for doing the research. I added a link to it on this post for others who may be interested. Oh, and happy Mother’s Day! Celeste šŸ™‚

  4. Ralph says:

    You’re my little Lamb Chop Celeste šŸ™‚ ā¤

  5. I’m visiting my son, and he ordered lamb at dinner last night. I was trying to get him to picture cute little lambs. Poor cute little lambs! It didn’t work on him, but I think I’ll show him your picture above today just to be extra mom-ish and guilt provoking šŸ™‚

    • Hey Susan! Sometimes I get down because I feel like it’s so hard to get people to really think about what they’re doing when they eat meat. I used to be one of those people who ignored vegans, so I get it. But still. It’s especially hard with immediate family. Good luck with your son. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll get through to him. And happy, happy Mother’s Day!

      • I think all we can really do is enjoy what we are doing and other people will either be inspired or not! Right? (I’m still going to show him the lamb, lol!) Thanks for Mother’s Day wishes!!

    • I just had a thought Susan. What if you asked your son to watch Vegucated with you for Mother’s Day? Just a thought.

      • Oh funny. I PAID him to watch Forks Over Knives! He was around the day his dad had a heart attack, so I really think with some time, he’ll add more and more vegetables. I figure he’s on his own journey and still young. I’ll give him Vegucated for Christmas!

  6. benevolentvegan says:

    Yes. I get this. My mom is an 85 year old carnivore who lives with my husband and me. She loves lamb – used to cook legs of them for special occasions, and as a kid I used to eat it. She likes to throw that back at me some time. She’ll say, “You used to LOVE lamb!” Had I never been served it, it is unlikely I would ever have sought it out on my own. I never enjoyed meat, and now the thought of it turns my stomach. Old habits die hard for the elderly carnivore.

    • Old habits really do die hard! I’ve had similar experiences with my parents and in laws. And a lot of my friends assume that I miss eating meat, but I don’t. Like you, the thought of it turns my stomach. I guess all we can do to keep on with what we’re doing and maybe we’ll have an impact on a few people along the way. Thanks for your comment!! šŸ™‚

  7. Okay, okay, I’m not eating lamb anymore! šŸ™‚

  8. Even when I was an omnivore, I could never bring myself to eat baby animals — I’ve never had lamb or veal. For some reason, it was always easier for me to make the food=living creature connection when they were babies.

    • Maybe it’s the cute factor, I don’t know. I have to admit, however; that when I was an omnivore I didn’t have a problem eating lamb except because I didn’t like the taste of it. Even with baby animals, I never made the food=living creature connection. Thank you Vegucated for opening my eyes! And a happy Mother’s Day to you chica! Celeste šŸ™‚

  9. I know the feeling. I wonder sometimes why we are made to feel ‘guilty’ for respecting animals. I did something similar to a friend and the reaction was something in the line of ‘keep your weird preferences to yourself’! šŸ™„ [Hope you’re feeling much much better!]

    • I SO hear what you’re saying. It’s like we have to walk on eggshells (that’s a bad analogy for a vegan, but you know what I mean!) when we talk to omnivores sometimes. I try hard to balance being respectful and nonjudgmental of people with respecting the liberty of animals. It’s a fine line. And I’m feeling much better today – thanks for asking! Celeste šŸ™‚

  10. Celeste's Sister says:

    Oy veg! The vegan mofia is at it again!

  11. Poppy says:

    I find lambs the hardest since I watch them grow and disappear at my college. Last year I aided in the births of lambs and it was horrible knowing their future. We even have lambing weekend where loads of people come to ooh and ahh at the baby lambs whilst they serve last years lambs to eat. Makes me sick and I refuse to participate of course. They’re there in their hundreds one day and then they’re gone and it’s hard not to be bitter and I find myself furious with the people around me. I just want to scream, ‘how can you accept this?’ And how can you spend hours in the field with lambs and then eat them in the college canteen where it is proudly served. Yuck. Sorry, rant over!

    • Oh boy Poppy – this must be tough for you. I just can’t believe the amazing disconnect of lambing weekend where people can ooh and ahh at the lambs and then eat lamb that same day. Come on people! Sometimes I get really frustrated about the lack of compassion people have for “some” animals. I say “some” animals, because as you well know people do have compassion for certain animals, like their pets. I don’t get how people can love their dogs and cats and see them as part of the family and then eat other animals. I’ve read about this phenomenon, but it still just makes no sense to me. I really hope the world wakes up, and soon!

      • Poppy says:

        You’re absolutely right, it does make no sense and when you say it to people they say ‘but cows were created for us to eat’. It’s just dumb, you don’t have to be a veggie to know that’s so not true!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets frustrated though!

  12. Kayse says:

    Some people’s disconnected between what they’re eating and where it came from amazes me sometimes. Poppy’s comment for example… How can people be amazed at the wonder of baby lambs and then eat them that day?! So strange.

  13. Mike Lince says:

    Take heart, Celeste. Maybe I am more easily influenced than some people, but I think of you every time I consider what I am eating and where it came from. You have a much greater impact than perhaps you realize. In fact, I can hardly wait to pick your brain for more of your recipes and restaurant suggestions. šŸ™‚ – Mike


    We have the same sense for the art of wicked remorse, Celeste, dear.
    A friend texted (to annoy me) what she had for dinner, and I texted back a similar cute picture with the words: “This?” šŸ˜‰

  15. makeupvegan says:

    I’ll admit, I don’t try to get people to give up eating meat, but I do wonder why they tell me how great their meat dishes turn out.

  16. When I was a child, my mother croched me a Lambchop puppet. It was adorable šŸ˜‰

  17. diahannreyes says:

    LOL… that’s what sisters are here to do sometimes… give gentle (and not so gentle) nudges.

  18. People who wear Uggs should also see what their precious boots are made from.

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