Iam a vegetarian. But you MUST hear this Taoist saying about how all creatures feed one eachother. Right now, we both are being chomped on by fungi, bacteria, and maybe (in my case, with all of my pets) intestinal worms. Mosquitoes and gnats and flies and ticks feed from us, too. I will still be a vegetarian and so will you. But I have to feed my cats and dogs meat. It is hypocritical. Life is hypocritical and unfair. Perhaps we should just try to get eaten-animals more humane treatment, instead of trying to make others vegan.
When I was about 12, I stayed up til 3 a.m. watching 'bad' scary HBO shows at my nect door neighbors house. There was a scene where a horrible man with an ax chopped into a cow's forehead, in a meat factory. I believe this was RWAL and not doctored/altered through film. It was about 1982. I've been a vegetarian since I was 16, because of that. My mom had me help start the dinner-meal about then and I was horrified by the bllod all over the meat in the plastic and foam bottom. NOT appetizing. She was pissed whwn I refused to help with the meat part of dinner after that. And thought I was lying when I said that I was a vegetarian. Was a vegan for about 4 years or more. But it is expensive and not convenient. I also got weak and my nails looked horrible !
I am an advocate for expansion into space. A meat based diet is extremely resource intensive and inefficient. It is simply not intelligent to try and recreate the biospheres for meat production necessary simply to satiate a craving for meat which isn't necessary for our diet.
I am vegan for moral reasons as well as health and the future of Earth
I hate the idea of eating animals and the cruel ways that animals are killed to meet people's needs.
For me; the basic notion that I can live a happy and fulfilled life without involving myself in the exploitation of animals. In the society I find myself living it is unnecessary. I don't judge others; its simply my choice and opinion.
I see eating animal products as a personal choice, not a necessity. My choice not to eat animal products saves energy and water, land, food, and prevents exploitation and cruelty. My choice to eat a plant-based diet is better for my health, easier on my digestion, and softer on my pocketbook. And the clean-up in the kitchen after plant based cooking versus cooking flesh? Now, that saves time and no more need to buy de-greasing dish soap. Such a win-win choice for me.