Christ. I started raising my own animals for meat & eggs in the UK. Currently I have 2 doe rabbits, jumbo quail & chickens. Basically after a recent phone call from my mother, I told her how I managed to make a lovely stew from one of our unwanted cockerels that couldn't be sold. Her Response? "Oh god no, YOU HAVE TO STOP DOING THIS, ITS CRUEL! HOW COULD YOU?!? I mean it, you have to stop it or you will have the animal welfare people on you." "No I won't, they are killed humanely." "It doesn't matter its cruel! I didn't bring you up to behave like this" (I'm mid twenties btw" So of course we got in a big argument about where on earth does she think her chicken comes from that she buys in a shop. I'd just got to the point of saying "Mum, do you actually know how they raise & kill those birds?" When she slammed the phone down on me. Sheesh, this is why I moved out away from her, she's just crazy! If she doesn't like the answer, she just cuts you off. I made it perfectly clear to her I was going ahead with raising my own animals even when she told me not to a year ago. Yet if she doesn't bring it up to argue about, she just moans & argues about something else. My DH just shook his head & told me to take no notice, she's just being silly, but every time I try to get on with my mother in one way or another it just blows up. I'm generally quite practical, where as she believes in the government & capitalism. I think anything people do different is generally great, she scoffs them for trying to be different. I mean, I believe everyone in the world could benefit from being granted a large garden & being permitted to raise their own vegetables & animals & build what they like. It certainly makes you consider your dinner more because you have to decide whether or not you really want to kill the animal for dinner. My mother thinks everyone should buy from the shop where the food is "proper" & anything less is "common". Also, she would never in a million years kill her own dinner. Its like she's brainwashed or conditioned to society (she's not terribly smart) & I seriously dread it when she phones cooing about the latest "fad" or "Gossip" that I both dislike & have zero interest in at all. We just have nothing at all in common. I'm a cheerful girl who likes working, gardening, DIY & housework until she rings & then she just moans about her life & talks about the church & it all just depresses me then to. She works part time for the council which is a well paying job, but she isn't happy. Every time I suggest she does something to make herself happy she just won't. Now she is Depressed, but she has been depressed for about 20 years & on tablets for it. My father said to her many times "Well, with your views its no wonder your depressed all the time." (They have been divorced a long time because of her attitude according to my dad) I'm wondering when is she ever going to get better. Anyone else with the mother from hell?