Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Vego/Vegan Struggles...

Been struggling with this for a few weeks, probably since Erik freaked out over the wolf killing that other animal in the documentary a few weeks and him saying he didn't want to hurt animals and didn't want to eat meat anymore...

Anyway, so since then all these thoughts have been swimming in my head. I feel like somehow I'm failing him, or being hypocritical, because i totally understand where he is coming from, and yet because I like the taste of dairy, and occassionally chicken or fish, I ignore what I KNOW about how the vast majority of animals are treated by humans in the process of making them our food. I'm mean, let's face it, there IS NO "humane" way to breed an animal for the purpose of killing it...

I struggle with this...

I love that Erik has this sensitivity. I don't want to be the person who encourages him (even passively) to become desensitised to the plight of animals on this planet.

Even just drinking milk, I KNOW that in order to harvest the milk from dairy cows their calves are taken from them, and then they are milked each day to create a false demand which their bodies naturally respond to supply with... I mean, imagine if some other animal did that to human, imagine if I was made pg with Bryn, and then when he was a few weeks old, someone took him away and then force expressed me every day to keep my supply up, to keep those mothering hormones flowing...

And what happens to those calves, veal?

Chickens don't fair much better, even free range chooks, their life is already over, they just don't know it yet...

I don't know... This plays on my mind.

My own hypocracy plays on my mind...

That said, I don't want to just go on another food "kick"... Don't want to put effort into starting something I won't stick with, maybe I'm just kidding myself???

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