Friends not Food
Certainly one of the most divisive reasons someone would cut out meat and dairy is for the animals. It’s beyond me how one can feel outraged at the seasonal slaughter of whales, or the poaching of a single lion - when, in the UK alone, around 22 million animals including cows, pigs and chickens are slaughtered every day. That’s 919,000 an hour; 15,000 per minute and 255 every second. Just in the UK.
Yet somehow if you object to this sort of secret, mass-murder, you’re classed a hippy. It’s much more normal, acceptable, to reduce your meat and dairy intake for environmental or health reasons - but for me, the rights of animals not to suffer is what keeps me going.
It’s easy to disassociate with the suffering caused by the meat and dairy industry when your food comes neatly packaged in a supermarket, ready to cook and consume. As someone who has grown up a vegetarian, I’ve always been able to smell the meat aisle in a supermarket, and have to hold my breath as I walk through it. I’ve never asked if this was the same for anyone else - I can only assume it’s not - by the amount of time some people spend choosing their perfect cut of meat.
Don’t get me wrong - I’m not judging you for your food choices. Seriously. As someone who’s only been vegan for two years now, I understand how easy it is not to think about where your food comes from. Even when I began researching veganism, I still found myself heading for the cheese aisle, because, well, cheese. I knew cows weren’t actually producing milk for humans (it’s for their calves, just fyi, much like a human mother’s milk is for their human baby). I knew keeping cows was terrible for the environment. And I knew dairy products made me feel sluggish, and gaseous. But, well, cheese.
From experience, you can’t just choose to cut a food group out of your life overnight, and expect it to stick (unless you have some serious willpower - and then I salute you). It takes some serious research, sitting through some graphic documentaries and a desire to not be a part of the cycle which ensures the suffering and slaughter of billions of animals a year.
Hopefully this website will pique your interest, and you’ll find yourself asking questions.
Hopefully, you’ll find yourself reducing your meat intake - if not cutting it out completely. But if you read and research and ask those questions, and still find yourself eating as much meat as you were before, then that’s fine too. Like I said, I’m not here to judge. I’m just here to help you make an informed decision.