It’s been awhile since I’ve written. i’ve been busy out of town, first in Lake Tahoe, Cali and then NYC. Super fun! But now I’m back.
I’ve decided to go vegetarian for a while. I have quite a few ethical issues with eating meat and animal products, and lately after eating any form of meat I feel sick to my stomach.
Have you ever wondered where our meat comes from? From the means we get the meat, to how they’re slaughtered, to how they’re treated? I believe that the link between the animal and consumer is broken with the advancement of modern technology. mass consumerism has changed the way we “produce” meat, whereby the ultimate goal is to make the most profit possible. This usually means overcrowding, cheap feed, and wreckless care for animals that are being prepared for slaughter. Further, with prices of meat being so cheap, this gives people the incentive to buy and waste meat more than they normally would. If you want a little idea of what happens to cows or chickens for our consumption, just look up cow or chicken slaughter on google images or youtube. That will really open your eyes as to what really happens in the production of meat, and give you a better understanding on where meat actually comes from.
Back in the day, meat was considered a true delicacy. People had to slaughter and prepare their own meat from scratch, and usually pay a fortune for it. This connected people to the animals they were going to eat, making them appreciate the life that was taken away for their pleasurable gain. Being more aware of the animal’s life, seeing the fear in their eyes as they are about to be slaughtered, watching them grow, eat, and interact with others, makes one more conscious and appreciative of the meat put on their plate. This enforces respect for the animals who were forced to sacrifice their lives for our delectable palette.
There really is no reason to eat meat. Research has shown that not only can we attain all the necessary nutrients from non-meat products, but the amount of grain it takes to feed one cattle for a year is enough to feed a whole village for a year. Therefore is it really cost effective to keep increasing our consumption of meat?
The real reason people like meat is for taste. I must admit, meats are certainly delicious, and naturally, evolutionary speaking, humans are carnivores. Though, humans are also capable of reason, insight, rationalizing, and emotions… in my opinion, being aware of all these things outweighs my like for the taste of meat, and that is why I decided to go vegetarian. Truthfully speaking, I don’t think I’ll be vegetarian forever. I’m bound to give in to temptation and go back to eating meat at some point or another… but at least I am aware of what I am eating and the process of which it went through. This gives me the incentive to respect and limit how much meat I consume. I would never over indulge in eating meat, nor waste any. I try my best to never waste any meat if i eat it. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the fast food industry… I would never, ever support it. But hey, that’s just me.
Why do you eat meat? Now that you’re a bit more aware, will you change your habits?