Thursday, April 5, 2012

Marc Bittman on The Human Cost of Animal Suffering

I was a strict vegetarian for 11 years, from the age of 20 until 31, because the thought of animal suffering on factory farms repulsed me and I wanted nothing to do with the perpetuation of it.

You have never read anything from me here on HGK about animal welfare, not because I don't care deeply about the issue, but because the reason I came back to not-eating-animals was not for the animals that I was saving. It was for my own health.

But it doesn't mean I don't care deeply about the animals. This isn't about whether it's right or wrong to eat animals or to kill animals for human wants. It's about being human and what it is to be decent.

I cannot recommend reading this article by Marc Bittman more. Thank you to Bonnie over at Food, Fitness and Family for bringing it to my attention. I hope it provides a reminder for you, as it did for me, of one more reason why we are all on a good path.

What's more important to you? Your health or less animal suffering? Does the answer change over time for you? To leave a comment/see the comments to this post, please click on the title of this post (the orange text above).
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