Over Christmas break I decided to become a quasi-vegetarian. It was something I was kicking around for a while and finally just decided to do it. My reasons for giving up (most) meat has evolved in the past month. It went like this:
1. First, I did it for health reasons. Meat really isn't that good for you when you think about it. There are much better sources of protein out there. I decided I wanted to be healthier.
2. I needed a challenge. Sometimes (all the time), I get bored. I need something to keep me on my toes. Giving up (most) meat would do this for me. It would make my dull life more exciting and challenging.
3. Finally, where I'm at now. I've been doing much research into slaughterhouses and the meat industry as a whole. It's really quite sickening. After reading what goes on in those places, I have no desire to eat meat. I don't want to be part of that corruption. Nor do I want to eat meat from cows that were sick or dead when they entered the slaughterhouse. Nor do I want to eat meat that has been contaminated with other things that are not meant for human consumption. My stepmom's family all work in the meat industry in Kansas and she confirms that all this stuff I read about actually happens.
I say I'm a quasi-vegetarian because I still eat fish. Fish is actually pretty good for you. Plus, there aren't really fish slaughterhouses out there. Also, I would eat meat if I know where it comes from and that it's not from some horrible slaughterhouse and it hasn't been mistreated and pumped full of steriods and hormones. Like our chickens at home. I'd totally eat one of those because I know how they were raised and treated. And I would know that I'm eating meat that isn't all pumped full of chemicals and steriods and hasn't been contaminated with feces and other stuff not meant for my eating.