Confessions of a vegetarian.

Why am I a vegetarian…

For my first blog post I thought I’d start off with a light easy one, vegetarianism. I know a lot of you will probably be rolling your eyes and thinking here we go again but I think it’s pretty important. First of all, I’ll answer some of the questions that people always ask me:

  • No, I don’t judge those or think less of those for eating meat, I think it’d be pretty hypocritical if I did considering I was a meat eater for 20 years…
  • No, I do not get offended if you eat meat in front of me, see above, however I do not enjoy you waving meat in front of my face and making moo-ing sounds…
  • No, I don’t eat fish (that would be a pescatarain).
  • No, I don’t eat chicken… yes it counts as meat…

But the main question people always ask me why I became a vege in the first place. Well I’ve always thought it was a good idea because when I really think about it, I can’t really get my head around eating animals. But what really clinched if for me were a few things. First of all, my housemate and uni made me watch a documentary about slaughterhouses and it made me sick… they showed what they really do to these poor animals, how many of them are killed, how many ‘useless’ animals are killed, for example the male calves that are born are shot when they are just a few days old as they wanted female ones for milk. I posted a video below, be warned, it’s pretty gruesome.

https://www.facebook.com/garytvcom/videos/1070055209716393/

And that’s just one of the many shocking and horrific things that the industry does.

Another thing that clinched it for me was the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. If you haven’t heard, here’s a link to it;

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/yulin-dog-meat-festival-2016-10000-dogs-set-to-be-killed-and-eaten-at-chinese-food-event-a7093321.html

So everyone was kicking off about it and I was there like, yeah I get that dogs are viewed differently in the Western world and are obviously more domesticated but animals are animals, we have the exact same thing over here, but we call them hog festivals, hog roasts… same principal different animal. Another similar situation came up when I was watching Gogglebox a while ago and there was a documentary about animal farms in different countries and there was a piece about rabbit battery farms. Everyone on the show was in outrage and claiming how they were going save all the bunnies themselves. And I thought, hang on a minute, we have, again, the exact same thing over here but we call them chicken battery farms. Why are we so dedicated to the cute animals and not to the other ones. I thought if I am against one, I should be against both and therefore would no longer take part in the industry that contributes to it.

There are also a ridiculous amount of other benefits of vegetarianism. The meat industry in one of the largest contributors to global warming and vegetarianism has huge benefits for the environment. Not to mention the fact that it’s also great for your health and for your bank account. If you literally Google it, there are sooo many articles but I’ve picked out a couple here:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/18/vegetarianism-save-planet-environment

http://www.peta.org/living/food/vegetarian-101/

Also, hands up, I dunno how accurate this calculator is but it’s pretty cool:

http://vegetariancalculator.com/

I know I’ll probably get a lot of scepticism for this next comment but I don’t even miss meat anymore. However if there is anything that you really crave or really miss, Quorn will probably do a replacement, they do a ridiculous amount of stuff. And it’s really not as bad as everyone makes out it is, it’s really not, and no of course it doesn’t taste exactly the same, because its grown from fungus, not meat… but yeah, it’s not half bad.

I’ve been a vegetarian for about a year and a half now and considering all the horrifying facts that I’ve discovered about the meat industry, even in the creating of animal products, I’m seriously considering going vegan. I would’ve done it already if it wasn’t such a harder step from jumping from meat eater to vege from vege to vegan. But watch this space.