Let’s talk about animals

I’ve never been the kind of person to push my views on someone else, particularly as I feel people are very sensitive about vegetarians/vegans expressing their views. However I wanted to write a post on my views as it’s something I’ve discussed at length with my friends and family.

I’ve been vegetarian for 4 years now, in all honesty when I first turned vegetarian it was purely down to a dislike of meat not so much the ethical side, although in the past couple of years it’s something that has really meant a lot to me. As blunt as it sounds, I find it completely baffling how someone can be an animal lover but still enjoy eating meat. I know it’s down to disassociation, and I understand that to a certain extent it’s the circle of life, I just struggle to take someone seriously when they say they love animals but still eat them. Maybe that sounds harsh, but I simply find it hypocritical.

Since we have no WiFi currently I spend a lot of time watching daytime TV, particularly come dine with me. Several times on the show hosts have served meat from animals they raised themselves and named. At first I was disgusted as it felt so harsh, but after watching the guests reactions and one woman spoke about how she thinks if you’re going to eat meat you should be a conscious meat eater, you should be aware of where it has come from and the reality of how it’s ended up on your plate. That really resonated with me, although it’s something I would never choose to do, I do think people should be more aware of where their food comes from. No matter what people say animals are sentient beings, they may not have the same complex emotions as humans but they grow relationships amongst themselves and with other species.

I am constantly dropping in and out of veganism and truly believe one day I will make the complete switch. There’s no reason I haven’t stuck to it other than pure selfishness as I choose to eat whatever I want, regardless of what has been sacrificed for me to have it. Majority of my day to day food is vegan, bar the odd pizza or chocolate (lol), however it’s something I could easily commit to. There are so many myths that we grow up believing, we do not require a huge amount of protein, for thousands of years majority of people survived from mainly carbohydrates as it was all they good afford. The obsession with protein simply relates back to how cavemen would hunt to seem macho, however their diets were mainly grains provided by women, not to dive into feminism but obviously it wasn’t until recent decades that what women provided was worth a lot. Meat was previously a sign of wealth as only royalty and the upper class of society that could afford it.

I’m not saying we should all never eat meat as I know it’s just not practically going to happen. I do think we should reduce the consumption of meat and dairy because even if the thought of it being actual animals isn’t an issue, it’s still hard to face the conditions in which animals are kept in. Even if they claim to be free range. I think there’s a huge stigma around vegetarianism/veganism which I understand as it is often overbearing, on the other hand I think a lot of the stigma originates from denial and people wanting to stay ignorant from the truth.

I hope this post doesn’t offend anyone, I’m simply expressing my opinion. If you think about it, it’s very rare that humans – nowadays – have the hunting instinct. I don’t know anyone that sees a sheep or cow and wants to pounce on it to slaughter and eat it, when they do they tend to be classed as psychopaths. I’m sure that comes down to disassociating the two, but it’s still a reality.

See you next time pals x

Author: Ells Jayne

A 21 year old suffering from CFS/ME whilst studying at university in Brighton. Follow my story as I write about living with an invisible illness whilst studying and trying to launch a career.

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