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Jonathan Safran Foer...

Friday, April 29, 2011

..has wrote "Eating Animals" that I was not sure that I dared to read. But I have and I feel sick about it. And the only decent way to handle that information is to stop eating "factory" meat. and I have to admit that it scares me because it will make life a lot more difficult. I do not plan to become a vegetarian, I do think we need domestic animals to keep the landscape alive and I have no problem to eat meat that comes from animals that had a decent life and was killed without unnecessary suffering.
I by lamb from a neighbour farmer, she breeds sheep more to cultivate the land than to earn that much money and she has a herd of maybe ten sheep.
Outside my home town there is a small slaughterhouse that sells deer meat from their own breeding plus other meats - I brought my horse there and know that she did not suffer at all, she had a bucket of oats and did not know a thing. So I will eat horse and lamb. We have one breeder of organic chicken in Sweden and I am not sure that I accept their accommodations, it is of course much better than "factory" chickens but I am not sure how ethical the slaughtering is... I discuss with a friend to keep chicken over summer and put them in the freezer comes autumn - it is just that I really hate to kill animals so I would prefer to have somebody else doing that. Chickens ARE good environmentally if they can be kept in a responsible way...

I am scared to change this much. It reminds me of the time when I gave up alcohol. As I stopped before I had any serious consequences I have no "allergy" in the aspect that if I take communion it will trigger me. What I cannot do is drink socially, that would lead to drinking too often and give me anxiety. And I remember that the first months of sobriety was frightening because I could not imagine how I would adjust socially to be a person that did not consume alcohol - I am obviously scared of sticking out from the crowd... and I am scared in the same way now, becoming an nuisance to others because I have "special needs" and being the "moral" bore... and my brain tells me that becoming sober gave no problems at all socially, it will probably be the same with being an "ethic" meat eater but I still have this irrational fear. I donĀ“t trust myself to be able to do this but after reading that book there is no other option.

And then my daughter... no more McDonalds or readymade meatballs for her... it will be difficult. I am not sure that I can handle the responsibility...
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  • SILLYHP1953
    I am really scared to read that book! Over 30 years ago I read Diet For A Small Planet and it changed my life. I did become a vegetarian...but I'm not any more.
    3743 days ago
    Being vegan has been a mainstay for me for at least 7 years now. I cannot eat animal protein without getting mentally sick. Having gotten myself certified in raw and living foods and reading about and connecting with so many people who are green in some form or another has kept me vegan. It's been hard not to preach, but have learned how to keep my mouth zipped up now, knowing those who are searching will find me (so to speak). Finding your warm and encouraging blog entries is helping me find sobriety again in monitoring when and how I eat, maybe even returning to weighed and measured, and getting the protein up in count using plant protein powders. To return to daily exercise (walking, rebounding, bikram, something) as well as this accountability issue is where the challenge lies for me here. Thank you so much for posting these posts, especially this one on "Eating Animals." I can't; have read and seen too much; the more more we know, the more we're responsible to live accordingly...thanks ever so much again. Sincerely, Chloralu
    3745 days ago
    I agree with your principles. And avoiding that processed food is way better for you.
    3749 days ago
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