Up until three months ago, I was a total carnivore. I loved cheeseburgers, bacon, steak and virtually all other types of meat.
But one day my family drove by a truck full of chickens and my dad joked, “They think they are taking a field trip, but it’s off to the slaughterhouse.”
It just hit me. I don’t know why, but it really bothered me. Don’t you wonder what an animal feels when being annihilated or “fed to death?” It’s been shown in numerous studies and documentaries that farmers overfeed their chickens or pump steroids into them so the breasts have more meat. They grow so fat that they can no longer walk. Most of us never think about that while chowing down on a pack of McNuggets.
For some vegetarians, giving up meat doesn’t have to be about loving animals. Choosing alternative protein sources could be about just trying to eat healthier or lose weight.
Ryley Roesch, a 15-year-old sophomore at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, has been a vegetarian for seven years. I wondered how she made the decision at 8 years old, so I asked, “Was it just your choice, or did someone influence you?”
She answered, “It was 100 percent my choice.”