I recently adopted vegetarianism as an experiment before my recent cruise across the Atlantic to Europe and it is here to stay for me. What sparked my desire was not necessarily the healthy lifestyle, although that is important to me, the aspect of cruelty to animals.

There was a video shared on Facebook recently of a young Italian boy explaining to his mother why he didn’t want to eat his octopus gnocchi that touched my heart and started me thinking about the fact that an animal had to die for me to enjoy a single meal of meat. I don’t have to eat meat to live a healthy life. So, I decided to change my lifestyle.

The Facts

It has been more than a month now since I had meat and I don’t miss it at all.

The fact is that Americans eat more animal protein than any other nationality.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that keeping up with the country’s meat supply is a big drain on our natural resources. An estimated 40% of Americans skip meat in at least some meals, only about 5% consider themselves full-time veggies, according to a Gallup poll.*

Too much animal protein isn’t just harmful to our bodies — it’s bad for the earth, too. Meat production uses a disproportionate amount of energy, water, and grains; half of the world’s grain supply goes to animal feed, according to a 2009 United Nations report.*

The¬†fact that an animal must be fed, housed, cared for, then slaughtered and processed in order for me to enjoy a single meal¬†means that all the energy, time and money has been spent to transform a plant into an animal for the sole purpose of a single ingredient in a meal for me. I don’t know why I didn’t switch sooner.

The Inspiration

Alfred Anthony is my little hero. With the simplest of observations and honest attestation of the truth, he captured my attention and changed my behavior forever, for the better.

When we eat animals they die! You have to take care of them, not eat them. Alfred Anthony

Luiz Antonio – Why He Doesn’t Want to Eat Octopus (Translated into English)

“These animals… you gotta take care of them… and not eat them.” – #OurFuture [https://twitter.com/3th3rs3c]

Let me know if you are planning to become a vegetarian and what inspired you to do so.

 

*by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong – Published in Natural Health Magazine Jan/Feb ’15