Why I became a vegetarian

Think Kit told us to write whatever we wanted to today. This is something I’ve wanted to write for a while anyway. Thanks, Think Kit!

Anytime you have a lifestyle choice different from the norm, people ask you why, why, why. I don’t even think being a vegetarian is incredibly rare, but I still get asked pretty regularly.

I’ll start with my failed attempts. I love animals, especially pigs. And pigs are incredibly intelligent. I would never eat my pet rabbits, a cat, or a dog. So why a pig? Or a cow? However, I’m not a cook. I tried becoming a vegetarian a couple times growing up and my diet of snack foods and cheese pizza just wasn’t healthy.

My dear friend Amanda passed away in 2010. She was a vegetarian. In honor of her birthday, my boyfriend and I were vegetarians through her birthday month. He’s a phenomenal cook, and he experimented with different recipes. When the month ended, we didn’t miss meat. Also, we felt much healthier. If we can do it, then why not? Four years later, we’re still vegetarians. Here are some of the reasons:

Ethical — Why should a sentient being suffer for my food?

Environmental — Chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms accounts for more than 174,000 miles of contaminated streams and rivers, according to the EPA.

Health — Done right, it’s overall a healthier lifestyle.

Being a vegetarian makes me feel better, physically and morally. It’s not for everyone, and I don’t condemn those who eat meat. It’s just right for me.


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