So how the heck did that happen? Well, it's been a culmination of factors....so let's go back to the beginning. As a kid I was never a big meat eater. I would have a bit, but I much preferred fruits and vegetables. I remember my mom saying that when she was pregnant with me all she wanted was fresh fruits and veggies. So who knows, maybe it's genetic.
Then time passes....a whole lotta time. Fast forward a whole lot of crappy food, illnesses and life struggles and that brings us up to a couple years ago. We had Netflix and a whole whack of awesome documentaries. I watched so many on so many different topics, but I was really drawn to food and health related films like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Supersize Me, Farmegeddon and Vegucated to name a few.
That's when I really started questioning my meat eating habit. What were the health consequences? How was this impacting the planet? How could I love animals and eat them?
OK, so let's fast forward a little more to September 16, 2015. I was super excited to see Cowspiracy was now on Netflix. So I cuddled on the couch with the dogs and watched and learned. I was surprised, shocked, angered and dumbfounded by what was revealed in this film. In no uncertain terms, eating meat was destroying the planet. But I think what the last straw was for me was when the film maker went to visit a backyard farm and witness a duck being slaughtered. This little duck was happy, healthy and having a wonderful life in this man's yard. That was until it was his turn on the chopping block. I couldn't watch...I knew this poor duck's fate and couldn't bare to see it. This coming from a girl who used to ask for roast duck for her birthday dinner. After that graphic scene there was a brief moment with the film maker showing how disturbed he was witnessing that duck's slaughter and he said something along the lines of "If I can't kill it myself then I shouldn't eat it."
And that truly stuck with me. I am not a killer. There's no way I could do it so I think it's completely unfair for me to have someone else do my dirty work. Not too mention what animal farming is doing our environment and our health. I saw no other option than to stop eating meat.
You may think I'm some wacko or weirdo and that's fine. I'm not hurting anyone by not eating meat.
In fact, I might just be saving them.