I became a vegetarian forty years ago when I realized that
the consumption of meat involved animal suffering and that I could very
well do without. I wanted to avoid that a person or an animal suffers
because of me .
In retrospect, this was one of the best decisions of my
life. I am very happy and I am very healthy. Being vegetarian increases
our chances of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual
The animals are conscious beings like us. They have
thoughts, instincts, emotions, sensations and projects . Many are
willing to risk their lives for their young. They can suffer or be
happy. Some are very intelligent. Some manufacture tools.
As us, an animal is a spirit in a body. When we look at
the eyes of a dog we
can see joy or
sadness, fear or love. They are our companions on this earth.
Meat production is accompanied by much suffering.
Every day we kill billions of animals unnecessarily .
Fish and ' Seafood ' are also animals ... :-) It remains
only 10% of fish in the oceans.
Producing meat is a huge waste. To produce
one animal protein, we need 5-10 vegetable protein.
Here we have found a solution to feed the entire billion
hungry humans. Just in Quebec , there are more pigs than people.
In terms of ecological footprint, we can
suspect that there is a big difference between a vegetarian and a
carnivore . Livestock production uses astronomical amounts of water,
space, energy, resources and grants. It generates a lot of pollution .
The FAO says livestock production contributes more to global
warming than transportation. According to various researchers and their
ways of calculating, its contribution is between 20% and 40 % of the
Here we have a simple and effective way to reduce our
personal influence . It is easier to stop eating meat that to stop
using our cars. It is a great news that we hear little about .
Pesticides, radio-active materials, toxins, heavy metals
are concentrated along the food chain.
A salad will be generally less polluted than a chicken. An
example: the flesh of polar bears is very toxic. In Labrador, they made
a regulation to limit the number of bears killed to protect ... the
hunters against cancer.
The amount of organochlorine pesticides in the blood of a child
fed with organic food is 5-6 times lower than the blood of a child fed
It is observed that many diseases are directly influenced by the
consumption of meat : heart disease, avian flu, gout, food poisoning,
etc. Some say that the similarity of the symptoms of Alzheimer's
and Mad Cow disease indicates similar origins.
Many animals are now massively fed with GMO foods.
We thus find the pesticides of GMOs concentrated in meat.
Meat influences our instincts and emotions. At the time of
his death, the animal releases in his body substances related to
stress, fear, depression, anger. We all know the expression: ''
He ate some meat from an enraged cow! '' . Maybe the desperation of
millions of animals condemned defenseless is one factor of the wave of
mental problems that is sweeping our country.
Eating flesh lowers our vibrational level and reduces our
Dairy products and eggs do not directly involve death or
suffering. However, it is good to remember that they contain as
many pollutants as meat and that they also influence our tendencies and
emotions. Some researchers found a direct connection between
dairies and autoimmune diseases .
A study of millions of Chinese have found a very important
direct link between dairy products and cancer.
At our neighboring grocers, a well-intentioned manager had put a
sign informing about the precautions to take when handling meat to
avoid direct or cross-contamination. That very interesting panel
remained very little time up.
In talking with a young hitchhiker that I had got in my car , I learned
that he was a butcher . When I told him that I will never be a good
customer for him because I was vegetarian, he replied : " I too am a
vegetarian. When you see what we do with meat , you do not want to eat
that !! "