Very soon after Christmas day in 2014 I decided to go vegetarian, once i went cruelty-free in November 2014, I started to research more into the meat we see as a finished product on our plates & where it came from. I saw a lot of the investigations done by Peta & Humane Society International and it pushed me more and more to my great decision to stop eating meat.
I love animals (as you can see from my gorgeous Bazinga in the above photo) & it enrages me every time I see mistreatment of ANY animal. Animals were here before we were and quite frankly we are sending them into extinction, from the majestic Tigers to graceful Swans. I don't want this blog to be a preach as everyone has their own mind, people will always eat meat as they have done since the caveman years, and people will always wear leather. For me, it is not only eating something that has had a life, a mother or child, but also the the treatment of the animal up until those moments. The completely unnecessary torture of animals, the inhumane way they killed, the way that some people see the suffering of an animal as a joke. There needs to be more laws & legislation, if everyone saw inside a slaughterhouse or even a dairy farm & the treatment of those animals I can guarantee your skin would crawl & your eyes would weep. It is not this horrific case for every institution I know, but these images of the undercover investigations i saw through Peta were enough to put me off meat forever. If I'm not going die from not having meat, it isn't necessary for me & my lifestyle.
Having the cruelty-free blogging community has definitely helped me on my vegetarian & cruelty-free journey, it's a great support network and I have learnt so much! All the best things to eat & nibble, recipes etc. I have also taken to a lot of Vegan things, I have cut out drinking milk and only have Soya Milk now, really the only thing I have is cheese but I am hoping to eek that out.
BIG NEWS! I've not eaten meat since Christmas 2014 and I haven't passed out, got a deficiency, or starved to death. I have only been doing this for a few months but I love it. I have met people through the cruelty-free blogging world who have been vegetarians (and Vegans) for 14 years & longer, and they are doing perfectly fine! The proof is in the Vegetarian & Vegan pudding!
Why don't you try it for a week, or even just mix it up a bit. Vegetarian food is full of flavour and very tasty! Just take a moment and think, do you know where that chicken wing has come from? Where that juicy rump steak has come from and what calf it left behind?
My favorite vegetarian foods:
Vegetarian alternatives are cheaper than meat, obviously more ethical and are not only full of so much more flavour but are so much healthier for you. Next time you're at the supermarket, pick at least one vegetarian thing up, please.