I still eat eggs from chickens I've met, and only from humans I personally know to be good to their chickens. I don't know what took me so long to be in sync with my love for all animals. I don't know why I didn't long ago take a stand against killing animals to feed me. I was an animal lover for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory was at age three. It was the day we got the puppy I grew up loving like a sibling.
I wish I better understood the years I lived in hypocrisy. I can call it that with hindsight, because that's what it was and I was a hypocrite. I was eating pork when pigs were living in crates, not able to stand or walk around. (I did quit pork first of all the meats when I discovered the horrors.) The terror chickens currently go through makes me shudder. And cows. Those poor creatures are mercilessly clobbered in the head and die horrendously painful deaths, not to mention the very sad lives most live before being murdered.
I even remember foolishly feeling glad I was an animal activist who still ate meat. I thought people would listen to me better because I wasn't one of them. It's a rationale I find embarrassing and ignorant now, yet it sheds light on helping me understand that many good people will continue eating meat without regret, and maybe even with pride and indignation. I did, so how can I judge or preach? I'm mostly a quiet vegetarian-almost-vegan. I don't make a big deal about it. I rarely bring it up. I don't like preaching about it, but maybe I should. Maybe I should find ways to educate, inspire and help bring change to the mass killings. Is my silence just another form of hypocrisy? Until writing this, it had not occurred to me I might be guilty of this. That's one of the many benefits of blogging. I learn things about myself.
So .... I will give more thought to this issue and will let you know how that turns out.
How Red Meat Changes Your
Gut Bacteria to Cause Heart Disease
(an article from Care2 with excerpt below)
I"t’s ironic. Meat-eaters warn me that my vegan diet will change my body in dangerous ways: They claim that my bones will get weaker, I’ll have less energy, I won’t be able to build muscle mass, and on and on. It turns out that all the while meat is changing their bodies for the worse — for one thing, besides the heart disease, processed and fatty meats are aging their bodies prematurely. In the meantime studies show that my diet is only boosting my health. Besides the oft-touted ease of weight loss on a healthy vegan diet and the resistance to many terminal illnesses, it makes me happier because it contains less arachidonic acid than animal products do, and arachidonic acid brings people down.." Piper Hoffman, Feb. 8, 2014 [source]