Well, it wouldn’t be an honest reflection of my trials and tribulations of being new to vegetarianism if I didn’t admit to slipping. Yep…I did. A couple of times. Once when I was in Florida – it was when my brother took me to his navy base officers club for trivia night and we had chicken wings and draft beer. They were good. I had eight wings. I didn’t want to do the “I can’t eat that cuz I’m a vegetarian” thing. Too early in the game – so I ate them.
The next time was at another restaurant with a poor vegetarian selection. I ate crappy calamari, which was like eating rubber bands. Do I feel bad? Not really 100% bad…just a little. Look, I’m trying! I never said I was perfect. And it is a progression as much as an attitude. Right now, my main food concerns are the poisons going into my food and the ecological disaster that factory farming creates. Though I do feel bad at how the animals are treated, I’m doing this more for my health and as my own way of protesting what’s going on in the food industry. I suppose that makes me more at risk of slipping. I need to get more into the animal welfare thought process. I know when I think of how they’re treated, I feel horrified, but it’s not the first thing that comes to mind. I’ll need to change that. In the meantime, please forgive my slippage.
- Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws (conservativeread.com)
- Animal Welfare Act 1999 (legislation.govt.nz)
- Details on alleged animal welfare abuses at Kentucky slaughterhouse (blogs.courier-journal.com)
- How to Avoid Factory Farmed Foods (ecowatch.com)
- The Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving, and Other Modern Myths (ovens.reviewed.com)
- Horrific Animal Cruelty Video Prompts Tyson Foods to Cancel Contract (activistpost.com)
- Support Challenging Root Causes of Animal Abuse (forcechange.com)
- Torture And Terror: Why Thanksgiving Is Tough For Turkeys (mintpressnews.com)
- Sustainable Sundays: Organic Bytes (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
- Turkey welfare and slaughter Video with Dr. Temple Grandin (agricultureproud.com)