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
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
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
Meat production is accompanied
by much suffering.
Every day we kill billions of animals
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
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.
salad will be generally less polluted than a
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
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
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 !! "