No more meat

The time has come.  I will no longer eat meat.  Period.  Ever.  From any source, for any reason, under any circumstances.

For too long has this concept bounced around in my brain.  I have grown increasingly disgusted with the idea of consuming other animals.  But now I’ve seen too much.  This isn’t the first time I’ve been subjected to the truth behind the food industry.  Nay, not at all.  But this time grows on me like fungi taking their feast upon dying flesh, on a fallen tree that gave life to a whole forest, and I will not be part of it anymore.

If you do nothing else, go watch this video.  Do it, and watch the whole thing.  Don’t look away, don’t ignore, and don’t excuse.

I cried.

Does any of this surprise me?  No.  I’ve known of the atrocities for far too long, and yet I’ve ignored them and pretended like being selective in my sources made a difference.

But it doesn’t.

It’s a vile, evil, inhumane practice to consume the flesh of others.

Can you deny they don’t feel?  Can you deny they don’t comprehend the vicious acts of cruelty being perpetrated against them and their kin?

No, you can’t.  No one can.

But it’s more than that.  It’s more than the premise of not eating meat.

It’s no more animal-related products at all.  At least for me.

We humans are far too cruel, far too heartless in our treatment of animals used for food.  I can’t do it anymore.

Increasingly of late I’ve felt a growing connection to the world, to Gaia, to the whole of life on this planet.  That fever continued to well inside me until now.

Now, it stops.

The abuse stops.  The consumption of creatures stops.  The use of animals for my gain comes to a grinding halt.

Forever.

So now begins a new chapter in my life.  This moment is the demarcation.  Selfish abandon is no more, at least for me.

It is not our world to do with as we please.  Living creatures are not ours to abuse and destroy as we see fit.  Already we know the oceanic inhabitants will be all but extinct by 2050.  Already we know land mammals are treated with disconcerting malevolence.  Already we know too many species suffer at our hands.

I can no longer be a part of this unpleasant, vile, horrible action.

Today is a moment of change.  I accept it with with open arms and a willing heart.

10 thoughts on “No more meat”

  1. I wish you great success with eating no more meat. I watched a similar video a few years ago which made me weep. You are about to embark on an interesting venture. I’m a vegan vegetarian. The thought of consuming meat or cow’s milk / milk products makes me sick now.

  2. um, Jason, you ok dude? Was this video the straw that broke your back? Are you talking about complete animal products? are you takling about just injestion or usage of animal byproducts. What about wool clothing, shoes, belts, jackets, wallets…I will let you think about this for a while. I’d like to discuss this topic if that’s ok with you.

  3. I had steak last night. It was good. Could have been about 3/4″ thicker, but still pretty darned good.
    Having grown up on a cattle ranch for a great many years of my life both before and after having met you, I suppose, has prepared? numbed? me toward the processes involved on putting that T-bone on my plate.

    I was probably 9-10 or so when pepaw took me out, explained where “Beef” comes from. All this time, I’d been watching these cattle be born every year…. helped bottle feed them…. named them… watched them grow, and oftentimes helped or watched as they would be loaded up a couple times a year and taken away to the cattle barn to be sold. Till then, I just assumed they were moving to get better homes. Sometimes they were actually.

    Finally, one day…. like I said…. he explained the whole picture, and then told me to pick one. I picked one that I had seen be born. One I had bottle fed and sat with in the barn cause her mother didn’t make it. She was now many months old, but far from being full grown. Her name was Ms Smith.

    We loaded her up in the trailer and off we went.

    That day, I watched the WHOLE process. Start to finish. And we left with icechests full of fresh steaks, ground beef, ribs, roasts, etc.

    I didn’t eat any meat that night. If I recall, it took a few nights, but eventually I came to terms with it and was back to normal routine of having steak for breakfast with my eggs and pancakes…. steak for dinner(This was a cattle ranch after all), and have enjoyed beef a great deal since then.

    To each his/her own I suppose. I like to “Believe” I’m a pretty good person. Otherwise, I don’t house a lot of beliefs. You, on the otherhand, I think all your beliefs give you something to do. You take it further than “Beliefs”, or lack thereof actually by your definition. No sir, I believe you make a “Stand” on a great variety of things for whatever reason.

    **Shrug**

    Again, it appears to give you something to do. 🙂

    Not gonna eat meat anymore? That’s cool. Leaves more for the rest of us!

  4. This isn’t something new for me. I talked about it last June in relation to cognitive dissonance. It’s been on my mind more and more lately—a lot more—and I suppose this video finally gave me the final push. It’s nothing I hadn’t seen or read about before, but it was enough to solidify my growing disinclination. Add to that the collapsing food chain and you have, at least in my opinion, a pretty good reason to rethink the whole meat thing.

    As for taking a stand, Wayne, you’re right. I do it with good reason, too. If not me, then who else? Who will take a stand on pollution considering what climate change is doing to our planet and its inhabitants? Who will take a stand on cruelty to animals when we give it only lip service while engaging in torture and horrific acts of barbarism? Who will take a stand on liberty and justice when so many are willing to give them up in the name of security?

    If I have to stand out from the crowd to show I have the moral fortitude and personal strength to do what I think is right, then so be it. What I won’t do is stand idly on the wayside and shake my head and murmur about how unfortunate things are while I go right on making them worse. I’d rather say I tried than look back on whatever cataclysm befalls us and chide myself for not acting sooner. If you’re not part of the solution . . .

  5. My question becomes about your stand, given the mentality of politics, will it make a difference? It doesn’t matter what you set yourself apart about, until the rest of the voting population gets on board, how is a difference made. if you solely eat vegetables and the climate is changing, what happens when the growing of said veggies becomes more difficult. Take TXU for example, they are trying to get more coal burning plants approved. do you think that is going to help the environment? No, but politics and business go hand in hand no matter what party is in charge. I haven’t heard anymore about that development lately. I guess my point is, no matter what you stand for, things won’t change until the rest of the voting populus gets on board with similar thoughts.

  6. On the TXU thing, several Texas cities (including Dallas) are fighting it to keep it from happening. I hope the plan gets stopped. We have some of the worst air in the nation.

    As for subscribing to the herd mentality (it won’t make a difference unless everyone does it, so why do anything), I think that creates problems rather than solves them. Every revolution begins with one person who has a vision, a dream. If every such person decided to take no action because they’d be standing alone, where would the world be now?

    Basically, it has to start somewhere. It has to start with someone. If I stand alone, so be it, but that’s not the case.

    Most importantly, I can’t let my own life be dictated by the whims of the majority. I have to be true to myself. I’m not looking to change the world by this decision; I am looking to change my little part of it, and to take the small steps one individual is capable of that will help make a difference, even if it’s only a small difference. In the grand scheme of things, I’d rather say I did something—and as long as it’s what I feel is the right thing to do, I won’t regret it. In the meantime, it also serves as conversation fodder with others, an opportunity to explain why I made the decision and why I feel it’s the right decision. If that makes just one more person seriously evaluate the idea, even if they don’t change their mind, then I’ve still accomplished something more than I set out to do.

  7. Coming in out of the cold to give you a thanks for stating something that takes courage to say. There is so much bias against it. But some of the best food I have eaten is at vegan potlucks. If you need some recipes check out Kathy Flake’s What Do I Know blog. She has facts every Wednesday that will keep you focused on why this decision is the right one. The only down side is that the kids can’t hang with you on this one. Everything I have read says that cats can’t be healthy on a vegetarian diet. And they are a gorgeous bunch. Thanks for giving me a look at their daily lives. I grew up with cats on the farm but now have 2 dogs.

  8. Hi, Connie! Thanks for stopping by.

    No, The Kids can’t walk this path with me. They are predators down to their bones and they need meat if they’re to survive long enough to enjoy life. That’s one part of this decision I’ve already come to grips with: that my own walk can’t be their walk in this regard, and that their welfare requires I respect who and what they are, which first and foremost means meat-eating predators. For them, it’s not a choice. Do let me say I appreciate your comment in that regard, recognizing their needs can’t be the same as my needs.

    They are a fine bunch, aren’t they? I’m a proud daddy who loves his kids. Just in case I hadn’t already made that clear. :mrgreen:

    And thanks for the blog tip. I’ll take a look at Kathy’s site.

  9. I’ve always fed my cats meat, but I’ve had cats that loved alfalfa sprouts – they would pick them up with their paws. Another cat I had loved peas. But this was just an add on to their daily dose of meat.

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