A good read DL. I particularly enjoyed this bit:
Chris, my husband, would happily eat meat at every meal and is a keen cook, turning out a constant supply of stews, casseroles, roasts and various animals in sauce.
More seriously, I found it a well written, engaging, and very informative piece.
It was particularly thought provoking for someone like myself whose conscience has wrestled with the issue of animal welfare over the years and at various times, particularly during the Australian live exports to Indonesia scandal, seriously pondered the alternatives. So, I was pleased to see that, along with health, animal welfare was also a driver for Mrs DL on her journey:
I also felt increasingly guilty about the welfare of farmed animals.
It was also interesting to note that at the end of that journey - including the practical difficulties with modern lifestyles including kids, and indeed health limitations unless you monitor your intake of so many different types of nutrients very carefully, she concluded she no longer had any desire for meat but had no qualms adding cheese and organic fish to her diet. That seems to me a not unreasonable outcome though obviously different folks will reach different conclusions based on what they want to do, what they practically can do, and what they feel they need to do.
Some on both sides of the animal welfare debate (including one particular idiot on here) have tried to call out such positions as “hypocrisy.” I think, however, it was Oafwaite who hit the nail on the head earlier in the thread when he remarked that animal suffering is reduced if everyone does something even if it may not be practical or indeed healthy for everyone to go the whole way. In that sense even Andrew Murray’s declaration that he will go vegan after retiring from tennis, whilst easy to mock, does demonstrate an awareness of the issue and a desire to do the right thing when his practical circumstances allow.
In my case, I also still eat meat. I try to reduce consumption and I always check carefully the sources and as a minimum the labelling, eg RSPCA approved, free range, etc. I lobby in favour of more humane treatment and against abuse. I am a generous donor to animal charities, eg those campaigning agains vivisection which I find a morally abhorrent practice that future generations may one day judge similarly to the way we judge slavery by previous generations.
Every individual will of course be different on this journey - but I think Mrs DL should be commended for such an informative and engaging account of her journey. BTW - she's also in pretty good nick for a 54 year old!
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