Over the course of the last 8 months I have been reading all I can about the way animals are treated for "human" consumption and have discovered that we Do Not need to eat them to live healthy lives. We were all brought up to think that a piece of flesh was the center of the meal, along with a side or two of some kind of vegetable. Just because that is what we always did doesn’t make it right and doesn’t mean we have to continue to eat that way.
Growing up, I remember being so devastated when one day while eating my veal cutlet, I asked where it came from. When I was told it was a baby cow, I stopped eating it right away, wondering WHAT!?
I could also remember that I could never eat any kind of animal flesh with the bone in it. Fillet Mignon or hamburger was all I would eat. Chicken had to be chicken cutlets. I never liked eating chicken off the bone or wings or drumsticks. Boneless spare ribs are all I would eat. I would always say that it was "too much work" to eat them this way. Maybe subconsciously it was much more than that. Maybe seeing the bone attached I was actually acknowledging that it was a once living creature that I was eating and not a piece of meat decorated in a Styrofoam plate wrapped so nicely in plastic on the supermarket fridge.
One of the greatest tools in my journey thus far is a podcast on ITunes, "Vegetarian Food For Thought" - by Colleen Patrick - Goudreau, founder of CompassionateCooks.com. Colleen’s pod casts have helped me quite a bit and I am so grateful for them.
Others who have influenced me on my journey have been Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals, and Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, just to name a few.
During August and September 2009 I started visiting Farm Animal Sanctuaries to get up close with “survivors” that were rescued and can now live out the rest of their lives in peace knowing that no one is going to hurt them. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and the Catskill Animal Sanctuary are the ones I have visited and I plan on visiting FARM SANCTUARY in Watkins Glen, NY this fall.
Since my visits to the sanctuaries I have given up milk, eggs, and finally cheese on February 14, 2010 – (Valentine’s Day) to become vegan. I am going to work as hard as I can to stay that way.
I have always had an affinity for animals since an early age. I loved to go to the zoo to marvel at the animals there, not realizing what sad lives they were living as prisoners for our amusement. Same with animals in circuses and aquariums.
I have become more vocal with my new lifestyle and have handed out some leaflets and talk to my friends and relatives about vegetarianism and even helped to inspire at least one friend I know of, into going veg. I hope to do more in the future to advocate for animals.
Thank for reading this and hope you will consider opening your eyes, hearts and minds to change. If you are considering going veg, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. I will be glad to help.
|Me and my little buddy at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary|