For this post, I thought I would share the reason why I became a vegetarian. Before I get started, I just want to inform you that parts of this post may be upsetting to some (animal lovers). Everything stated in this blog post is factual.
Like many people, I grew up eating meat. That’s what everyone did; it was viewed as normal and healthy. We didn’t eat a variety of meat (poultry, beef, and pork), but we did eat it every day. We thought meat was nutritious, right? Somewhat true …but you can also get plenty of nutrients from other delicious sources without an animal being harmed.
All my life I’ve loved animals. When I was young, I NEVER connected the fact that the cows that I loved would become the steak that I ate. Then eventually I got a little older and learned of that fact. I didn’t like it, but I figured that’s the way it was. I thought they lived their lives happily, and then they were “humanely” killed and made into food …not correct!
When I was around 15 years old, I started doing research on where meat comes from. I mean obviously it comes from the animal …but how did it go from a living creature to meat on my plate? I didn’t get too much into to the research because what I found really bothered me. But I did enough research to convince me to stop eating pork and beef. The only meat I continued eating for the next 5 years was poultry. Over that period of 5 years, I continued doing research. I was disgusted by what I saw. I saw pigs being kicked, beaten, viciously killed all in front of other animals. I saw cows having their tails cut off, being moved and dragged with machinery, and crying in terror and pain. I saw chickens and turkeys having their necks broken, their beaks sliced off, and chickens so fat that their legs snapped under them. I saw the pain, stress, and sadness in the animals. I saw them bruised and beaten. Many of them looked sick. I knew these animals and the billions of other ones raised for food felt so much PAIN. Eventually, shortly after my 20th birthday, I decided that that was it, I was no longer going to contribute to that industry. Ever since then, I’ve never looked back. Today, I am able to eat delicious and healthy meals without contributing to the meat industry.
All I can say is that the meat and bi-product industry is disgusting. If you eat meat, I encourage you to do your research and know where it’s coming from. If you’re thinking about going vegetarian, I suggest you start slow. Introduce vegetarian foods/meals and slowly eliminate meat from your diet. As an animal activist, I and many others, are not working to make people STOP eating meat …I mean that would be ideal, but people will always want to eat meat. We’re working at trying to end the suffering of animals, to allow them to have a good life while they’re living. This is not only for the health of the animals, but also for the people who consume meat. There’s an old saying that is definitely true, especially when it comes to the meat industry …”You are what you eat”. If animals raised for food are not healthy in life (physically and mentally), how can the meat that they provide be healthy for consumers?
For more information, check out these very informative links on factory farming:
Thank you so much for reading about why I became a vegetarian!
Have a great day!