Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why I am a vegetarian

In order:

  1. The Environment
    I stand aghast as we wreck out planet.  Our political leaders seem more interested in legislating the problem away as opposed to facing the problem.

    The U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen was hamstrung by back room deals. Developed nations bullied developing countries into signing deals.  Aid was used as a bribe.

    The subsequent conference in Cancun was largely ignored by the media. The media rooms were like ghost towns.  Those closest to making a change were the environmental activists that protested.

    I am tired of those who think that climate change is a myth, or worse still some sort of conspiracy perpetrated by a Illuminati-esque group of scientists.

    I am tired of those that confuse weather with climate: "It is cold today, therefore global warming is a myth".

    The world's food system account for about 33% of what's heating up the planet. That's everything from cow farts through to transport and food preparation.  The biggest single offender is livestock production, accounting for 18 per cent of global warming.

    Not eating meat is my F.U. to those who oppose global warming and my small part to reduce my impact on our planet.
  2. Animal Suffering
    There is an unstated assumption that less intelligent animals feel less pain.  It is somehow better to cruelly torture a mouse than it is a dolphin.

    Why is that?

    As Richard Dawkins points out, this is not as clean cut as we might think.  Pain is an incredibly useful adaptation that has been selected for under natural selection.  An animal feels pain, and it does something to lessen the pain.

    Pain is primal and it is arrogant of anyone to assume that animals do not suffer.

    Even if I wasn't a vegetarian, I wouldn't eat Halal meat and fail to see how advertising your Halal meat is a good thing.

    According to Wikipedia, Halal meat production is the:

    [...] method of slaughtering animals [that] consists of using a well sharpened knife to make a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat, the carotid artery, wind pipe and jugular veins but leaves the spinal cord intact

    Not for me thanks.
  3. Momentum 
    I've been a vegetarian for about two years now.  Momentum keeps me going!

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