Compassion for Animals
The compassion for animals seems to be a driving force for many individuals to convert to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Below are just a few.
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The death of animals is unnecessary.
I am 14, and I persuaded my family to let me stop eating meat around six months ago. I have always had a distaste for meat, and have not eaten red meats for around 5/6 years. It has recently hit me how unnecessary the consumption of meat is. We kill animals for our own survival, even though we can very easily survive eating other proteins and non meat products.
The biggest challenge for me has been giving up sweets and desserts which include gelatine, and I sometimes slip, but feel guilty and remember why I do it.
I think people need to take a look at where their food comes from, and think about what other living beings are going through to provide them with meat, sweets and, in some cases, beer.
Compassion in Action
by Joanne Cordaro
(Long Island, NY)
I am committed to the concept of compassion and becoming a vegetarian was a definitive way to fulfill my desire to live more compassionately.
I was never much of a meat eater, but I was still eating turkey and chicken when i saw a video of a chicken being held and petted by a young child. I had had birds as pets and knew them to be affectionate and responsive. So I cannot adequately explain why I was shocked that a chicken could be affectionate and responsive!
That little video, only a few seconds long, created a chain reaction of thought inside me. I had to ask myself.... If I say I live a compassionate life, how could I justify animals being killed for me as part of a compassionate life? I couldn't. I stopped eating meat in that moment.
Being a vegetarian is not always easy, but it has been much easier than I ever thought it would be. I believe this decision allows me to live more authentically and more compassionately.
I continue to look for ways to live compassionately....it changed everything! It changes your relationship with yourself, with others, and yes, with your food. I wish I had done this sooner, but better late than never.
I became a vegetarian at age 14 after seeing what truly goes on in the meat industry and being disgusted by the pain the animals must go through. Over time, I've also found that vegetarianism could help world hunger and increase lifespan. I've now been a vegetarian for 2 years, and I plan on becoming vegan when I'm out and living on my own.