The Butcher and the Shepherd

A butcher and a shepherd were walking along when they saw a little lamb who had strayed from the flock. Both the butcher and the shepherd ran for the lamb.
"The lamb is mine!" shouted the shepherd.
"No, the lamb is mine!" shouted the butcher.
This was back when animals had the power of human speech, so they asked the lamb who he wanted to go with: shepherd or butcher.
"I choose the shepherd," said the lamb. "You, butcher, are a murderer who has killed many members of my flock. The shepherd respects my way of life; you do not."

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 309 in the book, which is Perry 465.

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