Posted on April 12, 2009
WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
“Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.” – George Bernard Shaw
During the last month and a half, while going through the process of adopting Jordy, I’ve also spent a great deal of time reading and educating myself. While I plan to write more about what I’ve learned in an upcoming post, my eyes were opened to the reality of puppy mills, pet stores and so-called breeders and the conditions in which the vast majority of dogs enter into this world.
Photo: tempest_kat on Flickr (used with permission)
So much of what I learned was information that I could not ignore, but I was also very quick to look at the bigger picture. It is not only dogs and puppies that are largely mistreated and raised for their purposes in inhumane conditions, but all animals that are reared for specific purposes can be subject to this mistreatment. To care so passionately about dogs and puppies but not about the other animals would, I feel, be a gross contradiction of my personal morals and values.
Some years ago I decided to be a vegetarian, but lasted just short of two years before I slid down the slippery slope back into a meat-eating lifestyle. At the time, I had no real reason for “going green” in that regard, and I suppose it was partly trendy and partly for what I believed to be health reasons. The difference now is that I have a true conviction behind why I want to shed eating animals from my daily diet.
While I realize that vegetarianism isn’t something for everyone, and I certainly wouldn’t judge anyone for eating meat, I am quickly realizing that this is the right choice for me. I can’t do everything, but not eating meat is what makes sense and it’s what falls into line with where I am at in many regards.
I have been doing some more research and even found a great website, GoVeg, that’s chocked full of fantastic information, ideas and recipes. While I had thought I’d gradually make the change, rather than go cold turkey, even eating last night’s Chinese food wasn’t sitting right with me. I want to make sure that I do this right, that I get all the adequate nutrition that I require and that I make smart decisions in this endeavour.
I’m looking forward to altering some of my favourite recipes and creating new ones, and also bringing in new elements into my daily diet. To all you vegetarians out there, any insight or advice would be hugely appreciated. If you have recipes you’d like to share (vegetarian lasagna, please), feel free to e-mail me or leave tips in the comments.
“We all love animals. Why do we call some pets and others dinner?” – k.d. lang