This past weekend: last weekend of eating meat ever.
Why you ask?
I watched a very scarring, albeit convincing documentary on Saturday. The premis: three New Yorkers try going Vegan for six weeks. Sounds harmless right? IT WAS NOT. Now I’m really not a fan of scaring people into going Vegan with the traumatic videos of slaughterhouses and whatnot but now I see why they do it. BECAUSE AFTER YOU SEE THEM YOU CAN’T FORGET THEM. It’s pretty much all I’ve been thinking about since, and it worked because I haven’t eaten meat since either.
I’ve told some of you this story alread but when I was little I read a book and one scene described this boy, who was dying in the desert, eating a raw bird. Ever since then I have a hard time with poultry. Boneless meat is better, but definitely can’t eat meat on the bone. Maybe I just have a problem forgetting traumatic imagery? Who knows.
So I already didn’t eat a whole lot of meat anyway because a lot of it kind of grosses me out, and I also have a hard time preparing raw meat. But I still ate some kind of meat on a regular basis. But I really think after seeing this documentary that I’ll definitely be going vegetarian/vegan.
Besides the traumatic videos they did talk a lot about how the meat industry is terrible for the environment, which somewhere in my mind I knew but hadn’t really thought about or realized HOW BAD it is. I’ve been doing some research since watching the documentary and it seems to be backed up by other sources on this point. There were a lot of factors I had never really thought of before: water pollution from animal waste, deforestation/land degradation for “grazing” purposes, greenhouse gas emissions are produced (more than all automobiles on earth), methane/nitrous oxide production, how much water it takes to raise the crops to feed the animals on top of how much water the animals drink (FYI cows drink A LOT of water), and the list goes on. It’s just eye-opening now that I’m really looking into the facts.
My last post was about how I’m finally going back to school in the fall and I didn’t say this in the post but I plan on going for Atmospheric/Environmental Sciences and after reading about all of this I’m even more convinced that’s what I should go for. And because of that I really feel like I need to be proactive on the situation and if a simple fix in my diet helps the environment, well then that’s what I’m going to do. Now I haven’t backed up this fact but the documentary said that going meat free for a year has a bigger impact than going from a regular car to an electric/hybrid car. Something to make you go hmmmm.
Sidenote- I’m trying not to preach about animal rights in this post because everyone in the back of their mind knows how those animals are treated when they’re killed. However, one of the guys in the documentary made a good point: you can tell when animals are happy and you can tell when they’re terrified and those animals in the slaughterhouses were TERRIFIED and it really made me sick to my stomach. What more so made me sick to my stomach is that actual PEOPLE are doing those things. I know, I know, people need those jobs, most of them don’t have a choice, I don’t care what the argument for it is, it’s horrific. I don’t care how much you don’t care about animals, anyone with a heart can see those faces. Which I’m guessing is why people stay in the dark and don’t watch the videos, so they don’t have to feel bad.
Another point that I thought was interesting and hadn’t thought of before was when they were talking about how things are labeled “organic” and how that has no effect (affect? I still don’t know how to properly use those words) on how well animals are treated it just means they don’t use chemicals in the process. So woohoo no chemicals but don’t feel too good about yourself because that chicken was still treated like shit in the process.
All I have to say is this: helping the environment is really “trendy” right now and a lot of people are using reusable bags and recycling and all of these different things. If you are doing those things because you really care about the environment I urge you to at least look into it. People know about the animal rights side of the situation but I think the environmental side is just as convincing and urgent. And for those who know me know that I’m not a huge environmental activist or anything but seeing this movie really lit a fire under me for some reason.
Alright, climbing off my soap box. This by no means is me trying to guilt you into going vegatarian/vegan. I was honestly just so taken aback by this documentary I had to share the information.
And not giving up animal products just because it’s inconvenient and you’ve just always eaten meat is not a good reason. I’m not perfect either, I’ll probably slip up and give in on occasion. No one is perfect obviously but I think we all realize and see the consequences of the selfishness of human nature these days and feel the need to change that.