Dead Beat For Eating Dead Meat

Now you’re probably thinking that this post is about to bash all meat eaters, and trust me, I’ve got a lot to say about all the reasons a person should go vegan, yet I’m not here to talk about how “‘those’ meat eaters are so cruel”, and “why can’t ‘they realize what they’re doing to the animals.” I can’t do that, because I was once there myself, and when I was there, I didn’t care, nor, could I make the connections to why anyone would stop eating chicken. To all my meat eaters, I come in peace.

This isn’t a blog entry on my website to reinforce why you should become vegan by shoving it down your throat. On the contrary! I’m writing to open perspectives on food and lifestyle choices.

How does this photo make you feel?

I ask this question because I want you to open your approach to animals, and what we think food is supposed to be. Food can be another creature, if seeing the image of the hanging carcass does not disturb you. Let me tell you what helped to change me.

Ilove dogs, and cats, but there is an extremely soft spot in my heart for dogs. My mother and father both love dogs, and back in Jamaica, my family always owned dogs and even cats. My mother’s love for dogs is insatiable. She can’t get enough of them. I don’t think most people understand what I mean until they meet her. Walks in the park can become all too much when she starts talking to dogs, instead of the owners. She’s like a dog whisperer. I love dogs too, but a few years ago, I started craving owning a dog. I’ve been single for four, going on five years, and though I don’t think of myself as lonely, I am definitely an introvert. It’s why I’m typing right now when I’m supposed to meet up with my homegirl to review some research. Well, that and because I really wanted to make some Coconut Curried Potatoes- pics are soon to come because I tore that thang UP, OKAY!

Anyway, back to the story. So what I started doing was researching dogs, and then I wound up watching videos of dogs interacting with babies when they first came home (Do not watch this if you cry easily-it’s so damn cute it’s disgusting). Well somehow, because i love elephants, I began watching videos of elephants. THEY’RE AMAZING. Then I wound up on cows. Can i tell you that cows are so beautiful?! First of all, them lashes would put MAC, LancĂ´me, all them make-up peoples to shame. Cows got some lashes on them boy. The babies were what got me. They are very cute and playful and watching the videos became heart breaking when I thought about how I was eating a calvf’s mother. It made me feel like crap. I know I’d contemplate knocking someone out for my mother, but these calves are innocent and can’t defend themselves. It made me reflect on my choices. I stopped eating beef then and there that night. I never purchased beef to cook at all, but even in restaurants, or when visiting friends or family, I turned it down. It just didn’t feel right.

These were steps that I began taking that eventually led me to this place. I had no clue that I would be fully vegan and proud, years later, but it took one video to allow me to see the truth, and little by little, I was inching towards cold Tofurkey Vegan Life! Ayeeeeeeee.

Think about it. Take some time to reflect. If I gave you a knife to take down a cow, you would probably have a great deal of difficulty. If you were successful, and I told you that you had to eat the meat raw, you’d probably say “hell naw to the naw naw naw!” We, as a global community, only eat meat when it’s prepared, and seasoned and marinated in some barbecue sauce. Unlike veggies and fruits, it can’t be consumed raw, unless you’re fishing for salmonella. Please don’t eat raw meat. Get your mind out of the gutter. Thanks.

So my final note to leave you with today is this: be free, live to your greatest potential and reach for the stars... but in doing so, if you believe the process of doing these things may harm another being, think to yourself, “if that were me, would i want to be harmed?”

Peace, love and light family.



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