I myself am a vegan, who grew up in a meat eating family; just like almost everyone of us.
Up until now, what I never really considered, was the impact of my meat eating habits on the animal,
that had become, with the grueling, sick, and inhumane way, the sausage on my plate.
I can't really remember what was the experience, or the "wake up call" for me to quit eating red meat and poultry,
but when I still ate fish. I some months ago quit eating fish too; thus becoming a vegetarian.
The thing that made me go full vegan was watching this documentary from 2005 called "Earthlings".
Straight quote from Wikipedia:
"Covering pet stores, puppy mills, and animal profession, Earthlings includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism, and speciesism."
It was to me, the most eye opening, gruesome, and saddest video that I've ever seen.
And why? Because it's all true. The animals in those factories had no rights whatsoever.
They were routinely tortured, taken as babies from their mothers,
and in some cases given almost no room to move at all.
Their short existence in this world was agony; just to end up at the grocery store shelves and wherever.
Not just as food, but for scientific experiments, clothes, and entertainment = at circus's, zoos, etc.
From now on I will no longer support the meat industry with my eating choices, and neither will I wear leather,
go to zoos, circus's and all that. Watching that documentary to me, was a must, even though it pissed me the hell off,
and made me angry, but it was really an eye opener; on what goes on behind the curtain off my previous life choices. Not anymore. I made a personal choice to withdraw, and not support any of that.
I would challenge all the factory farmed (that is sold at grocery stores, restaurants etc.) meat eaters out there, who claim to be an "animal lover", to watch that documentary.
In closing: what are your thoughts on all three subjects, and would you personally be willing to at least try a meat free lifestyle?
Let the discussion begin.