Why I Stopped Eating Meat

5 Jul

I can strip this down to three words: fake freaking logs.

We humans can stand years of torture (work) to afford fancy cars and all the bullshit miscellany cluttering our basements. Some people, I have heard, have worked as, say, an accountant for over forty years, straight. If you are one of those who love–honestly, truly, no bs, love–going to work, you are lucky, my friend. I worked two measly years dealing with gas fireplaces and fake logs–well, mostly illustrations of fireplaces and fake logs. Despite a promotion to technical writer, in charge of ten kazillion different instruction manuals, and a 15% raise in salary, I spent the last three months jabbing dull pencils into my thighs and slapping myself in the face with one of those tiny, metal drafting rulers. Forty years of this? Uh, no.

At some point I began to work less and poke around on the internet more. Each day the balance would shift towards less work until, towards the end, when the bozos in the big offices knew something was up, and I knew I would be quitting soon, I was not working at all. With all that glorious time to read, to learn, I stumbled onto PETA’s site and read all about the many, many reasons to stop eating meat. I was stunned, and addicted. Each point, standing on its own, was enough to sway me. Here are the biggies:

Each day, for hours, I devoured mountains of information. I lived on the personal blogs of experienced veggies, new vegans, and others like me who were on the verge of converting.

I typed “what do vegetarians eat” into Google. I read about fake meat. I read and re-read about tofu. I learned about seitan and tempeh. I read about all of these strange grains that I had never heard of:  bulgur, millet, quinoa, amaranth. After a lifetime of ridiculing and eschewing beans, I discovered the garbanzo beans, lentils, and baby butter beans.

But it was after reading about what animals are put through, the sick cruelty, when I realized that I didn’t have a choice–I had to stop eating meat. And I did, overnight, in late August of 2004.

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2 Responses to “Why I Stopped Eating Meat”

  1. faithsuzzette July 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed.
    I stopped eating meat around 4-5 years ago. I was never much into beef and pork growing up. I decided to stop eating meat altogether after I stumbled upon PETA’s website when I was also thinking about leaving this office I was in.

  2. Jess August 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    I wish more people would take the time to educate themselves on the issue rather than viewing those of us who have as extremist.

    Doing something, or at least what you can, is always better than doing nothing-and that isn’t being extreme :).

    Kudos for making an informed choice.

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