Why I became Vegetarian?
- Deforestation of many of the world’s pristine rain forests,
- Diminishing precious water resources,
- Global climate changes (global warming is debatable),
- Contributes to the starvation of millions of people around the world,
- Declining health of millions through disease-promoting substances,
- Promotion of mono-cultures and poor agricultural farming practices which have necessitated toxic insecticides and herbicides etc,
- The inhuman advent of genetically modified foods to sustain this ‘toxic’ industry,
And, lastly but most importantly I realized what I now believe is completely overlooked, which I am sure goes beyond the imagination of any unsuspecting ‘naive’ grocery shopper:
- The abhorrent cruelty aspects of savagely manhandling these innocent, defenseless living sentient beings by keeping them permanently trapped in small, cramped and unhygienic enclosures; force feeding them while also using harmful antibiotics, growth hormones and steroids to stimulate unnaturally fast growth; trucking them under inhumane conditions often for excessively long hours without food or water only to end up at a slaughter house where the ever-present, oppressive stench of death and rotting carcases disturbingly clogs the air for kilometers. Quite obviously, this life-long fear, trauma and torment that consistently courses through the animal’s veins and flesh is ultimately partaken of. Energetically speaking, meat eaters consume flesh that is saturated with all this fear attractively packaged in Styrofoam as healthy protein!
I continue my story after this video:
Food Revolution 2012 – John Robbins:
- Pythagoras – Greek philosopher and mathematician
- Plato – Greek philosopher and mathematician
- Siddhārtha Gautama or simply ‘Buddha’ – Nepalese/Indian Sage whose teachings founded Buddhism
- Leonardo da Vinci – Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, writer, engineer, inventor, mathematician, architect, anatomist, botanist, geologist and cartographer
- Voltaire – French writer, historian, philosopher
- George Bernard Shaw – Irish playwright
- Leo Tolstoy – Russian writer, philosopher and political thinker
- Johnny Appleseed – American entrepreneur and nurseryman
- Mahatma Ghandi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) – India’s civil rights activist
- Thomas Edison – American inventor and businessman
- Albert Einstein – German theoretical physicist
To conclude, here are two profound quotations which according to Ovid, Pythagoras believed that “animals share with us the privilege of having a soul” and, “for as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
Food for Thought!
Watch this video … Life and Work of John Robins from Green America
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