The Crumby Ex-Butcher

This is my dad. I call him Bestest Daddy. 


It was Fathers Day in the UK yesterday (17th June), so I thought now would be the perfect time for a topical post. You see, there is something very interesting about Bestest Daddy: He used to be a butcher. Yea I know what you’re thinking, that’s not very interesting, but there is more to it… Now he’s vegan. 

That’s pretty interesting, right?

It’s only in the last year that Bestest Daddy has opened up about his days as a butcher. I’ve learnt so much from his personal experiences.

Whilst working there, he was completely desensitised to the suffering and death of animals, such a difference to the man he is now. Him and his colleagues would gut pigs, remove organs, de-feather chickens and turkeys, remove eyes – all done completely at ease with no thought for the animal.

Bestest Daddy also told me of some horror stories which would be completely normal practice in butchery, whether at a factory farm or private establishment. He told me of the tumours they would find on the animals, animals which had clearly been sick before slaughter, they would remove the tumours as best as they could but the rest of the body was still prepared as normal. Eating tumours shouldn’t give you cancer (in some forms it is contagious but not many) but whether harmless or not, who actually wants to eat cancer? This is aside from the enormous amount of pus, fat and boils that they would try to avoid when butchering the animal. Anything edible that couldn’t be used was collected up with the old meat and made into mince. 

I always wondered why he avoided mince. 

Bestest Daddy also told me how they used to spray meat so that it would look fresher. This got me Googling and it turns out (although banned in Europe – UK watch out!) that it is super common practice to spray carbon monoxide on meat to make it look fresher than it would normally, especially in the US. Yummy! 

Skipping many years ahead, on more than one occasion Bestest Daddy would suggest that I was too thin and pale, so I should ‘get a steak and kidney pie down me‘ – typical butcher, right? But then his attitude began to change when he rescued 5 chickens from a battery farm, it came as no surprise that he then struggled to eat his neatly packaged, supermarket chicken for Sunday dinner. From then on his transition began to accelerate… From eating meat to pescatarian, a quick move to vegetarian, then after a while of claiming he’d never give up cheese, we’ve arrived at vegan. Yep, his feelings for animals now perfectly align with his actions and he’ll tell you that he feels amazing for it. 

It’s not often that we hear of middle-aged (sorry Bestest Daddy!) men going vegan and I am over-the-moon proud that my dad has gone against social norms and now refuses to take part in the intentional suffering of animals. 

Thank you for your mega-ness Bestest Daddy and happy Fathers Day 💚




35 thoughts on “The Crumby Ex-Butcher

  1. GrAnnie says:

    Well researched.
    We were always surprised about Cliff being a butcher, it never suited the person that we knew.
    In difficult times you can get desensitised and just take the route that appears in front of you.
    He is a lovely person and now his diet reflects that.
    You have been a wonderful inspiration for

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Yep, you’re absolutely right. I think people must be able to eat meat if they are in that profession though, considering what they have to do they must be somehow disconnected to the animals at the time 💚


    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah so lovely to hear from you, Sigitas! Your conversations with my dad have inspired a lot of conversations between us – he talks of you going vegan frequently. I’m looking forward to my Lithuania trip, can’t wait to try the vegan food there! 💚

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  2. Rebecca Arcarese says:

    What a great, honoring article to your dad. It sounds like you two have a very special bond. While I’m not a big meat eater anyway…this has given me pause to stop all-together! Yuck! I can’t imagine the stories he has to tell! US definitely has some ways to come up in their standards!

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah thank you for the lovely comment, we are incredibly close 🙂

      I completely agree with regards to what I found out – I thought I knew a lot of what goes on but my dad always manages to surprise me 💚


  3. Natalia says:

    That’s great you’ve got such a nice daddy! 🙂 It seems that he taught you lots of valuable things especially related to respecting animals. You are who you are thanks to him. 🙂

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  4. Lynne S. says:

    Hope he enjoyed a nice Father’s Day over the weekend! We had a beautiful celebration honouring my husband. My kids were so thrilled to give him all their presents.

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  5. Chantel says:

    That’s some interesting insight! I’ve always felt weird about eating meat, especially because we don’t really know much about what goes on behind the scenes. I can only imagine how much worse the meat is here in the US than it is there!

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Yea it is a bit of a black box. There are animals and farms… They go through a ton of processes and suddenly they are available to us in the supermarket. More people should question meat like yourself 🙂 💚


  6. Ashvin says:

    Love the bond between your father and yourself. Spraying carbon monoxide on meat is something I have learnt today. That is why I always buy organic.

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