First of all, let me start off by saying “Happy Spring Day”! The birds are chirping (not that they weren’t chirping yesterday), the flowers are blooming and the start of Spring is officially here. On that note, I have about 2 and a half months to get rid of my tummy-flab and get that summer body. *no pressure*
Yesterday, someone sent me a link to a YouTube video, the person didn’t say much about the video beforehand, just that I should watch it. So, I did what any normal human being that’s nosy would do … I clicked the link! Oh boy. Yeah it wasn’t pretty.
On any normal given day I wouldn’t be worried about where my food comes from. I grew up where I had free access to farm animals and not once did I stop to think ‘hmmm where does my food come from’. The video I watched was a real wake-up call to me. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what the video contains but I will mention some of the things that really hit home for me.
When the animals are loaded off the truck, the alley they walk down towards their deaths is so hard watching. They try and turn around, try to run away but they can’t. Calves are taken away from their mothers, crying after them. The look in those animals eyes, it’s heartbreaking! I classify myself as an animal lover, in fact, to be honest I think I love my two dogs and cat more than I love some of my family members, and to classify myself as an animal lover and still think it’s okay to kill animals, that’s just not acceptable!!
The narrator ended the video with this sentence, the one sentence that absolutely shook me. “When choosing to eat meat you are basically saying that your taste-buds are more important than an animals life”. For me, that was it. I had enough. How could I go on, thinking that it was okay for me to contribute to a society killing innocent animals? None of those animals wants to die. None of those animals deserves to die.
Did you know that 50 billion chickens are raised and slaughtered annually worldwide? Among mammals 41,700,000 cows and calves were killed for food in 2000, as well as 115,200,000 pigs and 4,300,000 sheep, for a total of 161,200,000. These stats are also expected to continue to rise. Thus, the total number of all animals killed for food in 2000 was 9.7 billion.
3000 Animals die ever second in slaughterhouses around the world. That’s 180,000 every minute. That’s 10,800,000 every hour.These numbers are mind-blowing and WE are contributing to this!
Each year, more than 8 billion chickens are killed for food. They’re shackled upside down and their throats are slit, though some birds miss the blade and are instead scalded alive. Chickens are exempted from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Do you agree with this? Do you think this is acceptable? Do you really want to live in a world where this has become a norm?
So. After seeing all of this. After feeling guilty for the amounts of animals I have consumed over my lifetime, I made the decision not to eat meat for the month of September. They say if you can do something for 21 days straight it becomes a habit. Well, I’m doing it. Because I love animals, and I don’t want to be the cause of them being hurt. I might only be one person in a sea of millions, no, billions of people, but I want to be the change I want to see in the world. It starts with you. The change starts with yourself.
Here is some great facts I’ve read about being a vegan;
- Everyday a vegan saves;
~ 1100 gallons of water
~ 45 pounds of grains
~30 sq ft of forest land
~ One animals life
- 1000 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 gallon of milk
- If humans killed each other at the same rate they kill animals, we would be extinct in 17 days…
- Vegans tend to have lower rates of cancer than meat-eaters and vegetarians. For example, vegan women had 34% lower rates of female-specific cancers like breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. Similar results were found in men for prostate cancer.
- A study done by Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses.
That’s just to name a few. Here comes the disclaimer. I am not forcing my beliefs on anyone. I am only stating the facts and providing information. I am not telling you to follow a vegan diet nor am I trying to convince you that vegan is the best option for you. I am saying that the vegan life is the best option for ME. You need to make your own decisions and come to your own conclusions.
My favorite quote so far: “Man who eat meat because ancestors eat meat should log out of Facebook and and live in cave with no wifi”
I am going to document my vegetarian / vegan lifestyle here on my blog, so tune in daily! I need all the help and support I can get! #TeamVegan
Today for lunch I had a veggie bake and noodles and it was SO yummy! Plus I didn’t have to waste the life of this little guy below:
JUST LOOK AT THIS CUTIE PIE!!!!
I hope you will enjoy this healthy and happy journey with me!
Much love and positive vibes until tomorrow!