Why is one animal a pet, while another, is food?me asking myself
I choose to consciously consume vegetables, fruit, grain, seeds, nuts. These are all planted on the earth, raised in the soil, and harvested by (hopefully) human hands. I am inspired to eat these foods out of my love for animals, rejoicing in the knowledge that I did no harm by eating a pig, cow, chicken, or fish.
For me to eat any animal / flesh, someone had to die for it. Regardless of whether or not these beings were “compassionately” raised / slaughtered, makes no difference for I remain resolute! I wish for animals to be alive/unharmed so I will not participate in eating them!
People working directly in the industry that “processes” these beings are sometimes abused / mistreated themselves so I refuse to support a work environment that profits from such inhumane conditions towards human and non-humans.
I have learned that there is a word for what I’m doing: it is AHIMSA. In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist traditions, the Oxford English Dictionary says it is “respect for all living things and avoidance of violence toward others.”
According to the principles of the American Vegan Society, Ahimsa is also:
- A- bstinence from animal products
- H -armlessness with reverence for life
- I – ntegrity of thought, word, and deed
- M – astery over oneself
- S – ervice to humanity, nature, and creation
- A – dvancement of understanding and truth
Note to friends, family, and future partner
- I am not asking you to join me in not eating animals; I am merely asking you to consider my reason WHY. You can do what you like: You can cook and/or eat meat if we are together. I can cook meat for you; Just please do not ask me to eat it if it’s not a nut, fruit, veg, seed
- No, I’m not a vegan. Yes, I’m plant-based. These may seem the same to you but I assure you they are not. Know that I’m doing this because this is what now feels right for me to do. Thank you for understanding
- I respect your right to choose what you eat. If I am a guest in your home, I will not refuse vegetables cooked with meat because I am not following a plant-based diet for religious reasons. I gladly will share your culinary delights provided/shared with me! I can easily pick the meat out of the dish and eat the vegetable and grain or fruit and nut provided. I will not ask you to cook anything different for me, nor make you eat anything you do not find joyful to consume (if I am the cook). If, however, you would like to make something agreeing to my new dietary preferences, you have my sincerest appreciation
Thank you for your time and attention. I appreciate you sharing vegetarian and vegan tips and recipes with me as I embark on this nutritional journey. Safe paths! xoxo