I’m glad I made the decision to be a vegetarian many years back. It started off as part of a pilgrimage me and my wife were about to make but it turned out to be a permanent decision. Today, when people ask me, why am I a vegetarian, it’s actually more out of love for animals and the disgust I have for the way the meat industry treats them as opposed to any spiritual reasons.
You may have seen it all. The video exposes by PETA, Dairy farming horrors but the recent feature article by Rolling Stone tops it all. It’s called the “Animal cruelty is the price we pay for cheap meat“. I honestly wonder if people actually realize where the food they eat come from.
If you haven’t been in a hen plant, you don’t know what hell is,” says an activist. “chicken shit is piled six feet high, and your lungs burn like you took a torch to ’em.
I’ve stopped consuming eggs sometime back but occasionally have them especially if it’s in cakes, cookies and so on. Dairy products have also been a part of my daily meals. After watching a video about the horrors of dairy farming and reading some articles, Zeenee and I decided to purchase organic milk (see below) which are from free range cows.
However, I have not been too strict on this because at times when we are having tea or coffee at at restaurant, I’m pretty sure the milk is from the usual dairy farms. But all these has to stop. I need to be firm and say no!
If you have not read the Rolling Stone article, please click here. Don’t forget to watch the videos as well. The image below shows some shocking statistics. (Click the image to enlarge)
Cows, like pigs, are social creatures; their babies are even more so. They nuzzle strangers, groan with pleasure when you pet them, and attach without complaint to callous minders. Their sweetness gets them nowhere at auctions, however; the men and women working here smack them with boards and kick them in the haunches to move them forward.
Giving up meat may not be an easy thing to do for some. So if you must consume meat, please at least opt for free-range meat. Same goes for eggs and dairy products. Something interesting you may want to know:
Although some historians and anthropologists say that man is historically omnivorous, our anatomical equipment teeth, jaws, and digestive system favors a fleshless diet. The American Dietetic Association notes that “most of mankind for most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets.”
And much of the world still lives that way. Even on most industrialized countries, the love affair with meat is less than a hundred years old. It started with the refrigerator car and the twentieth-century consumer society. But even with the twentieth century, man’s body hasn’t adapted to eating meat. The prominent Swedish scientist Karl von Linne states, “Man’s structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food.
There have been some other studies which refute the above fact but it’s just something you may want to consider.
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