OMG I’M A SHITTY PERSON BECAUSE I EAT MEAT OR OTHER ANIMAL PRODUCTS.
No. It’s just because I make a personal decision to consume what I consume. I try to avoid supermarket meat and eggs and buy organic or cage free from farmers markets, because I know that the meat and products were grown/raised properly and the animals didn’t have to suffer or be caged up just to feed me. No offense, but when people shame others for their personal choices, even if it just involves DIGESTION or what they choose to eat I can’t stand by and watch it happen.Personally, I’ve thought about being a vegetarian, strongly considered it actually, I love animals and at one time we trained and took care of 40 plus horses, three dogs and three cats; animals (specifically horses) were my whole life. Just because I decide to eat meat doesn’t make me thoughtless or an asshole, grow the fuck up and stop trying to force YOUR OWN MORAL BELIEFS ON OTHER PEOPLE. I think religion is terrible and foundationally ignorant, does that mean people who believe in god are thoughtless and assholes? No, that’s my own personal opinion and I don’t generalize everyone else who disagrees with me.
Not only this, but a lot of people have vitamin or mineral deficiencies and many of these supplements are found in meat, protein, or other forms of specific food. Yes, of course they could take pills or capsules to suffice for what they require, but it’s not the same. How would you feel if someone made you feel like crap for eating something you very much needed??? For example, red meat is very important to many pregnant women because it possesses high levels of Iron which is imperative to their health and their child’s health.
Animal abuse is prevalent and a serious issue, and there are definitely strong problems within agriculture and the meat industry currently as they try to mass produce, thereby many companies resort to treating animals with a lack of respect, and in my opinion, essentially denying them of rights that they deserve (i.e proper food source, water, exercise, space, etc etc). But you can’t call everyone who doesn’t personally agree with your lifestyle choice (and yes, it IS a lifestyle choice and a personal decision, just like religious and political beliefs are discrepancies between people) thoughtless or “assholes”. And there are proper ways to go about being a meat consumer.
I think vegetarianism and veganism is truly amazing, and this is no hate to your beliefs or experiences by any means. It’s a very healthy way to live for some and I admire the people who choose to go down that type of path. But in the grand scheme of things it’s not BETTER or worse for everyone, it’s just DIFFERENT and you shouldn’t make somebody feel bad for that.
For the last time. Using animals is not a personal choice. A personal choice is one that doesn’t affect others. You don’t think people who believe in God are assholes? That’s great. I don’t either, because that’s their own personal choice and it’s none of my business. But we’re talking about animals who have every right to live their lives as they please without being regarded as commodities. Do you see the difference?
By the way, those “organic” and “cage-free” labels don’t mean a thing. But even if there was a magical farm where no animal had to suffer, would it be ok to take their lives when we can live perfectly healthy lives without eating them? Why should we feel entitled to their bodies? Why can’t we simply stop bringing them into this world for our own benefit? Is it such a radical idea?
About health issues: you can find every vitamin and mineral in the plant kingdom. Pregnant women don’t need to eat red meat. You just need to eat a balanced diet. And yes, there might be people who have specific issues that can make it more difficult or impossible in some cases, but hey, that doesn’t mean they should go “oh fuck it” and proceed to eat every single animal product on earth, or wear an animal’s skin, or buy a ticket to the zoo, because veganism isn’t simply about not eating meat. I don’t have an issue with the people who wish but can’t stop participating in animal exploitation in all areas of their lives. I have an issue with the people who think they have every right to exploit them because they don’t consider that their lives are worthy of respect. Those are the assholes.
I strongly recommend that you read some animal sanctuary stories. You had a bond with those horses. It should be easy for you to make the connection with other animals.