How easy is it to be a true vegetarian
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.
- Vegetarian Society - Fact Sheet - Cheese Production
Cheese and vegetarians, animal and vegetarian rennet.
Cow and calf,living together
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!
many companies exist where you can buy animal friendly products, looking online is the easiest way to go, here are some I found
- Vegan Clothing Explained : TreeHugger
In a recent post, Commenter Brenton asked- "What's wrong with wool? How is wool cruelty to animals? All they do is shear off the hair of the animal in the summer, which then grows back, and they do it again the next year." Good questions all which we
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.
I am trying to add links you may be interested in
- Vegan Jobs, Vegetarian Jobs, Green Jobs
Vegan Jobs for professionals searching for ethical careers with vegetarian and vegan businesses
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.
This is a great site for your children to learn about food, it has videos too
Me with Some Pigmy Goats
Cows being milked
By a fellow hubber
This is where I have worked for some years,in fact my father in law worked there for most of his life, husband and mother in law for a few years too!
Another hub I wrote about eating meat, with an interesting comment by someone else
- reasons to eat meat!
There are good reasons to eat meat, and these are some of them.