It's always great when we wonder about something, and we look up the answer but can't find it, and then, the answer is given to us in a form we'd never have expected to find it.
Last month, we were gifted a whole deer, and one of the concerns when we were butchering it was that it hadn't been bled out. The question was, what does bleeding the animal out do.
We had no answer at the time.
The other day I found the answer in a book I was reading, and it is that meat from an animal that has not bled out spoils more quickly, which is not an issue when said meat is going to be frozen and refrigerated up until it is cooked (thoroughly).
In a lower energy future when we can no longer store meat in the freezer, we will have to be more careful about the way the meat is processed. For now, we're still incredibly thankful for all of the gifts the Universe has given us, and our lunch today of sweet and sour* stir-fried deer steak over rice was wonderful.
*The sweet and sour sauce was actually piccalilli I canned during the summer. It's delicious ;).