animals have the right to live and i am not a blind man. here in Brasil almost everybody eats meat...but i am doing my part.i dont eat meat since i was 18 (now i am 33).i have influenced some people to stop killing. kisses to you!
Why did I become a vegetarian? Because I hated the taste of meat and the thought of eating animals grossed me out. I read a book on yoga when I was 15, and I learned you don't have to eat meat to survive. It took me another year to get completely away from eating meat, but I did it finally the summer I was 16.
Many years later, I am still consuming milk products. Darn it, why does yogurt have to taste so good? That's about the last dairy product in my diet.
I thought it would be interesting to resurrect this thread. People discuss their rationale for becoming vegetarian.
I've been vegetarian for about 30 years. The reasons why I became one, and the reasons that I remain one, are not all the same.
-Knew animals up close and personal. Couldn't eat my 'friends'. Could not know one and then kill it and then eat it.
-The more that I learned about toxic chemicals that are intentionally fed to animals, and bioaccumulation of toxins that are fed to animals, the more unhealthy that animal products seemed.
-Animal fats are less healthy than plant oils. There was also evidence at the time, that some methods of preparation made animal proteins carcinogenic.
-The environmental costs of animal agriculture make it unethical to continue in an overcrowded and overexploited world.
-Animal agriculture is cruel.
-It's habit. I just can't imagine eating meat. I've forgotten how to prepare meat.
-Meat carries more infections. Even the plant products that lead to Salmonella, and other infections, do so due to contamination from animal agriculture.
-Starting from the raw materials, vegetarianism is usually cheaper. You can make it as expensive as you like, however.
-Vegetarianism always makes me think about my food. I never take it for granted. That's because it is still not mainstream, so takes more effort.
-I think that the palate becomes less responsive to tastes, when large amounts of meat are eaten for a long time. I think that I enjoy tastes more because of not having my palate dulled. This might just be me fooling myself, however.
-Honestly, meat just grosses me out, and has for a long time. When people tell me that I can just remove the meat from my plate or out of the soup, I ask if they would do the same thing with an animal turd. It's just as much revulsion to me.
So them's my reasons, for the moment. With many more members to the discusson group, maybe this is worth discussing some more.
Daniel. I sometimes find it hard to get enough non-fatty proteins into my diet since I have become a veggie and healthy eating is very important to me because I have a chronic bacterial soft tissue infection called Erysipelas that hospitalizes me when I'm run down, and because I respect my body. Could you please advise me of any websites where I will find really healthy vegetarian recipes? I'm getting really bored of tuna pasta and houmous and salad wraps. lol
I'll have to look around. When I first became vegetarian there were cookbooks that I used but they've probably been out of print for a long time. Sydni in this discussion group posts a lot of great sounding recipes, too. Here is a low-fat vegetarian recipe archive. Maybe it will help.
I guess because I genuinely view animals as equal to humans. Perhaps because as an atheist I don't swallow the same anthropomorphism that many theists do because I don't follow the doctrine of Human Stewardship (which I think has been detrimental to the way in which humans view nature and animals) nor do I believe that humans have been made in the image of a non-existent God (but rather we have constructed 'God' in our image).
Thus for me human beings are just another living creature, another Darwinian animal, and we have no special place in the cosmos. Therefore if I wouldn't eat a human being then I couldn't possibly justify eating animals (especially because it is no longer necessary for our survival). Why wouldn't I eat a human being? For various reasons; because I wouldn't want to be eaten myself, I value the sanctity of life (for non-theistic reasons), my biology seems to reject the act of cannibalism unless it's a matter of life and death, and probably because I'm too misanthropic to want human flesh in my mouth. lol
Therefore philosophically speaking I can not possibly justify eating meat, and emotionally speaking I do not want to devour another living creature. For me being an omnivore is no longer necessary to our survival so we should evolve beyond it, the same way in which we have evolved beyond other barbaric practices (well some of us have). Besides as an animal rights activist I would feel like a complete hypocrite eating meat. That's not to mention the fact that I generally prefer animals to people. ;)