First off thank you all SO SO MUCH!!!! I was totally blown away at the support and response I got in regards to my last post. It was difficult to make that commitment and share it with all of you, but I’m so happy I did. Your replies and words of support and encouragement mean more to me then you’ll ever know.
Anyhow, enough with the gushy stuff 😛
I watched a very disturbing video the other day. I’m not usually one to be affected by graphic images, but this video made me physically ill. It was about what goes on behind the walls of slauter houses, and how commercially farmed animals are raised and killed. Although I knew all this before in theory, to see it put in a graphic way made it hit home all the harder.
(I am posting the link to the video if anyone is interested. But it IS very graphic and disturbing and if you’re someone who needs to eat meat for medical reasons or you just enjoy it – please don’t watch it!)
However, watching this video sparked some rather interesting thoughts on the matter. First off, I was hit with overwhelming guilt that I was still eating commercially farmed animal products. I eat eggs, yogurt and cheese from time to time. I eat fish once a week. I don’t really give myself the title of “vegetarian” unless I’m in a very public situation where explaining my eating habits would take far too long. But after watching this video I felt like I was committing the unforgivable sin by eating these animal products.
As I was thinking about it, some other thoughts came to mind. The truth is I could NOT have a healthy, balanced diet without these animal products. I simply can’t afford free-range eggs. I don’t have access to enough soy products to be able to supplement my diet sufficiently without those animal sources of protein. I just don’t have the money or access to products that would make this possible. Plus my health is in a pretty delicate state at the moment, so I have to be extra careful that I’m getting all the nutrition my body needs.
So in essence I am faced with a choice – me or the animals? Do I value my own health over the well being of those animals that have to suffer for my sake? If I were to stop my animal product consumption all together – would that be right? Don’t I have as much of a right of those animals to live a healthy, happy, pain-free life?
Those are some difficult questions, but in the end (and this might be selfish of me) I feel I need to continue eating some animal products. I will attempt to keep them to a minimum, so I am doing my part to save the environment and the animals in it. But I’m not really ready to give up my health and well-being in order to live 100% vegan. Someday – maybe. I truly wish that it were possible right now. But it’s not, so I will do the best I can and trust that I am doing the right thing.
Any thoughts? I’m open to opposing opinions as well, so no worries :P.