Hey guys, this is a bit more of a personal post. A while ago I wrote a post describing why I don’t eat red meat. I stopped consuming the meat of cows, pigs and lambs in April, and I want to share with you today why I’ve decided to take this next step and cease eating meat all together.
To be honest, I have been thinking about vegetarianism for quite a while. But there had always been things holding me back. Would I miss the taste of meat? Would there be enough options for me in restaurants? Will I get all the nutrients I require? And most importantly, how much of an inconvenience would this be for my family?
I’ve done a large amount of research into the meat industry, and it has horrified me. Just a wee disclaimer; I’m not telling you to become veggie, I simply want to share my knowledge and experience with you guys. It all came to a climax one evening when I watched a speech by Gary Yourofsky, and although he is pretty extreme in his views, it was a real slap in the face for me. I couldn’t sleep for hours. I like to think of myself as quite a caring person, but how can I say that if I support the torture and slaughter of innocent animals? I wouldn’t kill a pig if someone put it in front of me, so why should I pay someone else to do that?
So, I’ve summarised my main reasons for becoming vegetarian into 3 categories:
Animal Welfare: In today’s meat industry, farms are factories and animals are treated like commodities. I find it appalling and simply unnecessary. There is no humane way to slaughter a living being, period. I don’t want to support this cruelty any longer.
Environment: The meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all of the world’s transport systems combined. By becoming vegetarian, you can decrease your greenhouse gas emissions by 27.8%. Rainforests are being destroyed to make space for cattle grazing, and a huge amount of water and grain is required to feed the animals bred for meat. If we gave that grain to people instead, poverty could be eradicated- easily.
Health: Vegetarians live on average 10yrs longer than meat eaters. And yes, you can get enough protein from plant sources. As long as you’re eating a balanced diet, all your nutrients can easily be obtained from plants.
After educating myself about the realities of the meat industry, I personally feel that it is wrong of me to support this. So how has it been going so far? It’s taken some time for my family to warm to the idea, but they’re starting to accept my decision to be veggie on the condition that I continue to eat fish until the end of the year. So far I don’t miss meat at all. Unfortunately, where I live there are almost no vegetarian fake-meats like Quorn, but I have recently discovered halloumi, a type of salty-tasting cheese with a meat-like texture, and I love it!
Let me know what your opinion is. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me 🙂 Have an awesome day,