Wednesday, February 22, 2006

one more reason to be a vegetarian...

I became a vegetarian in July after thinking about it for a long time. The main reasons for me are:

1. I wouldn't want to kill animals myself in order to eat them, and I don't want to eat something that I would feel morally incapable of supplying for myself.

2. Animals are mass-produced for slaughter and not treated well while they are alive, and not killed humanely.

3. Animals take a huge amount of space and resources to be produced, slaughtered and brought to stores, from the space, time and resources it takes to grow the food they eat to the animals themselves. Many fossil fuels are wasted in this process, especially in shipping (of course this last could be said for many fruits and veggies too).

But here's a new reason: the Grist, an online environmental magazine, wrote this article today about poultry production. Apparently large poultry corporations are buying cheap land in the rural south, paying people incredibly low wages to raise the chickens, and sidestepping many environmental and health concerns for the people of the areas around these new chicken farms.

So now not only is vegetarianism an animal rights issue, but also a human rights one. I knew this before, but this just brings it to the fore again.

2 comments:

Sebastian said...

I've'd a hard time lately as I have been trying to switch to veganism, yet it's tough, such is mass production and the apparent availability of animal products that it would seem like a luxury to eat a diet based on non animal foods and to abstain from purchasing animal things, I have needed a great deal of encouragement and I'm glad to say that at least to friends i met at the world gathering provided information and inspiration as to why not to eat animal foods. After reading a book called life of pi i felt called to become a vegetarian and even vegan if possible, i won't say that i haven't caved in to eating animal foods but at least i am advancing. I was originally not going to stop eating fish and my argument was that fish don't ahve a central nervous system, like the nirvana song "it's ok to eat fish cause they don't have any feelings" however, recently i found out that tuna is actually an endangered species, and most people buy tuna cans, and eat tuna despite the fact that you hear about chimpanzees, and other mammals being endangered on the telly.

cherice said...

So far I haven't felt called to veganism, I just try to eat free range eggs and such. It's probably not a perfect solution, but I think it's a step in the right direction...

It is frustrating that the only way to eat conscientiously is really expensive (or really time-consuming, as in growing and making your own food from scratch). It's also frustrating that unless I do grow all my own food it almost always is shipped to me using fossil fuels which ruin the environment and make it even less fair for plants, animals and other people...

So many issues, so little time...It's hard to know where to draw the line on conscience and when we could be doing better things with our time. I don't know what the answer is, but I guess we just each have to listen to God and do what we feel called to and convicted on.