Hi lovely person!
As you might already know I’ve been vegetarian for 5 or 6 years now and really enjoying it. Today I’d like to talk a bit about why I decided to go vegetarian and how I see it.
First of all I’d like to say that I know this is a really sensitive matter and I’m asking you to respect other people opinions and to be civilized if you want to comment. Also I feel like I should remind you that this isn’t my first language and I might use the wrong words sometimes. Now that this is out, let’s get into the article.
When I was a kid I didn’t like the taste of meat. You know the cliché of the parents saying to their child to eat their vegetable? Well I was the opposite. I would eat any vegetable but not the meat. There were of course some kind of meat I did eat like fish, chicken and fast food stuff that doesn’t even taste like meat.
So one summer i went in vacation at my aunt and godfather house and their daughter was vegetarian. My mother said that if I wanted I could eat like her for as long as I was there and that if I really sticked to it she would make me vegetarian meal at home too. And that’s basically what happened. I never changed my mind.
So I guess I stopped eating meat because of the taste but I have to say that since then I have learned a lot about meat and how it is made and it’s an important part of why I am a vegetarian today. Not only for the animal cruelty but also because of the huge impact meat production have on the environment.
I’m going to be a bit controversial here (maybe) but please keep in mind that it’s only my opinion and you don’t have to agree with me.
I get that not everyone can be vegetarian just as not everyone can be vegan. I’m not going to talk about health here, mostly because I am not a dietitian and I don’t want to spread misinformation. But strictly speaking about our way of living and our desires if I may say. I think all people are different and some of us don’t want to stop eating meat or even if they want to, are still drawn to meat. And it’s ok.
But I do think we have a problem. Not only with livestock and their byproducts even though they are extremely problematic. It’s our society. We always want more. We produce more. Way more than any human being need. It’s insane really and it makes me sad. And I’ll confess : I am part of this society too, and I’m ashamed of that. Back to the meat situation, I think maybe not all people can be vegetarian and I’m pretty sure not everyone has to be to reduce the impact on the environment but I think we can all make some kind of improvement. I saw in a Ted talk someone talking about something like half-vegetarian and I think it’s really interesting and might be a sustainable solution. It consists on eating vegetarian or vegan during the week and eating meat during the weekend. I thought it was a great idea because everyone is able to do this. We eat way to much meat anyway and this sounds like both healthy and reasonable.
I feel like I’m all over the place in this article but I have so much to say. I want to keep it personal and mostly talk about me and my experience but at the same time I feel like it’s a topic that concerns so many people.
Anyway, concerning animal abuse… I get that animals have to be killed in order to make meat but once again i feel like we don’t need to produce that much meat. I can understand the act of killing on animal to eat it but what I can’t get behind is the way it’s done. Most of the time animals are treated merely like object. They are not seen as living being and therefore are not treated as such. And once more it is mostly because we are in a consumer society and we are trying to produce as much as possible even if It means putting animals in such horrible conditions. It’s truly horrifying.
So here are the reasons behind my choice, mostly for the environment and to fight animal abuse. If you ask me if I will ever eat meat again….I will say maybe. If I get to eat meat from a farmer who follow my ethic, where animals are treated right and not produce at such high scale. Chances are it will never happened but I’m not close to the idea.
So here it is lovely person! I hope you still enjoyed the reading even if It was a bit more serious and controversial.