I still remember the evening my husband decided to become vegetarian.
We were sitting in one of those ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet restaurants; the varieties of food immense. As my husband sat down across the table from me, with a plate of lamb dansak and other meaty Indian dishes, I noticed a somewhat confused look on his face. Stalling for a second, he looked down at the plate and said to me, “Do you know, I should have had the veggie options, they were so much better looking”. We went on to talk about it, and it dawned on him that an animal had died and suffered, just for him to put food on his plate, that he didn’t even really want to eat. I became vegetarian not too long after. We’d both been so ethically conscious in so many other ways (fairtrade, organic, cruelty free etc.), and I really couldn’t understand what had taken us so long.
It was a natural progression of consciousness for my husband. He gradually stopped eating dairy and eggs as the realisation of the cruelty in both industries sunk in. However, the thought of going totally vegan was still a big step for me. Being wheat intolerant, I was having a bit of an internal struggle. Justifying eating these foods, by telling myself that I might keel over any minute if I cut out any more foods from my diet!
Then I watched a Peta video showing baby male chicks being ground up in an evil machine, because they’re simply not useful. They can’t have babies and they’re no good for food. Oh lovely. How delightful of us to toss another creature aside in such a brutal manner. I just could not eat another egg after that, knowing that I was supporting this industry. I instantly made the decision to become vegan and I haven’t looked back.
Animals suffer when we use them for our own wants. It’s not even a need. I don’t personally believe that we need animal products to survive at all. We’re not even naturally evolved to drink milk. Milk from a creature which has been forcefully made pregnant, only to have its offspring ripped away from it; to produce milk that’s happily tipped down the sink when it smells bad. Realising that what was in front of me on my plate had caused suffering and hurt to a living creature really woke me up.
We both enjoy living our lives knowing that we are not causing harm and suffering to another living being. We feel healthier and happier, and have discovered such a huge range of foods that are completely delicious. Life is good being vegan.