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How easy is it to be a true vegetarian

Updated on April 21, 2015

Are you a happy veggie?

Are you vegetarian?

Do you not eat meat because you don't like it? Fine

Do you not eat meat because you consider you live on a healthier diet? Great.

But I am writing this to all those self rightous "vegetarians" out there who, in my opinion, are just fooling themselves.

I only eat chicken ,or fish

How can anyone say nothing dies to feed them, then eat chicken or fish in a restaurant, because they are fed up with vegetable lasagne. I am sure most of us have heard of this,

There is a simple answer , don't go out for dinner, or, spend your hard earned cash at a better eating establishment.

Vegetarian cheese? Don't make me laugh.

It's true that you can get cheeses that have nothing to do with animals at all, vegans and others eat them all the time. They are made from vegetable proteins such as soya.

What I am thinking about is the dairy product, sold as vegetarian because, instead of rennit from a calves stomach, it uses vegetable rennet to make it set. Sounds fine , But!

Some may believe that cows, goats, sheep etc, give freely of their milk, but does anyone really wonder about it,

To get milk you have to have baby animals and yes they are very cute, but they grow, and they need feeding and space. And so unfortunately they end up as food. Maybe not on your plate, yet you drank the milk or ate the cheese that caused them to be born.

Cow and calf,living together

This is probably a veal calf as milk herd cows usually get their calves taken away from them
This is probably a veal calf as milk herd cows usually get their calves taken away from them | Source

What about eggs?

Should vegetarians eat eggs?

I think they can, but not the kind you buy off the shelf.

Poultry lay eggs regardless of them being fertilized, if they are not eaten they go to waste. Of course the problem is similar to the one of milk, eventually the hens get old and stop laying, and so most go to their early demise.

I have kept chickens in the past, and except the ones taken by an unknown predator, they all lived to a good old age

We killed no animals, ourselves that is, for the many delicious eggs we ate. But they must have been really expensive!

Vegan food pyramid

What about clothing?

Someone who truly wants no animal to die for them certainly cannot wear leather or fur, even on a handbag!

The problem being, for the fashion conscious, that it can be hard to keep up without leather products. Many of the most fashionable designers use leather, for handbags, shoes and jackets.

What's wrong with wool?

The same as for milk and cheese, animals still need to be bred, most wool comes from sheep, they are bred for wool but mainly for the meat, mmm leg of lamb. Any ewe that no longer has lambs is of no use, and will not be kept. She then becomes mutton, don't forget your dogs meat comes from somewhere too!

What about your job?

Do you feel strongly enough about your convictions to take a lesser paid job that is more inconvenient?

Obviously you are not a butcher, nor do you work in a lab that tests on animals.(That would be a whole new hub)

But think in ways your job could rely on animals. For instance my job does, I work in a shoe factory, we use cotton and linen and rubber type products, but the list of animal skins is quite large. Cow, sheep, pony, goat, ostrich, crocodile, even the odd bit of sharkskin has passed my way.

Even working on a supermarket till, you are paid in profits partly from animal products.


some beautiful beef cattle we saw in southwest Wales


I love animals, but I still eat meat!

This may seem a strange thing to you, I was bought up on farms and maybe that makes me see things differently.

It does make me very aware of how many farm animals are badly treated, I am against so many things from animals being shipped around for miles alive just to be killed, to being kept in cages and in semi darkness as so many are.

Please feel free to make your comments below.

Me with Some Pigmy Goats

Cows being milked


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    • dingyskipper profile image

      Carolyn 3 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Too much of anything is bad for you, glad your health is better. Too much lettuce or mushrooms act like a poison in the body too

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      Some vegetarians can be annoying because they are so pushy. Their intention is to help, but they often overdo it. This does not describe all vegetarians. Some do not believe that animals should be killed, and some do not believe that animals should be killed unnecessarily. Unnecessary killing could be sport hunting. Necessary killing could be food hunting. During winter months some places have little or no vegetation for food, so meat eating may be very much needed. Even if meat and vegetables are plentiful, the choice of one or both is a right. According to health experts, vegetarians fare better and live longer than meat eaters, but the choice is still a right. Personally, my health has improved since I have limited my meat intake.

      What an interesting hub!

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      Carolyn 4 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Thankyou for all your comments

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      Grant Coleman 4 years ago from Ohio

      Good read, I just wrote something similar, but you made some points I didn't touch on in mine... check it out, I think you will find it interesting at the very least.

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      Jenny Jones UK 5 years ago from London, UK

      Dingyskipper, that's great and I think the thought and effort you put into your hub is commendable! Keep 'em coming!

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      Carolyn 5 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Thankyou cybershelly and Jenny Jones for your comments, so nice to hear others opinions on my musings. I do try to have tolerance for all, and am all for everyone doing what they can and feel is right for the world

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      Jenny Jones UK 5 years ago from London, UK

      This is an important topic with an interesting selection of images and a certainly a thought provoking hub. The only critique i would offer however is to advocate tolerance for the efforts of others. Many people are just doing the best they can, doing what they feel is the best thing to make the world a better place!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      I found this hub and your take on vegetarianism very interesting.. You have laid out your perspective so logically that I wonder why those thoughts never dawned on me a whole lot sooner. Voted up and interesting.