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Monday, June 6, 2011

Haunted...





Last week a friend of mine posted a link on her Facebook. It read.... 


Ban Live Export


I paused and thought... huh! They export stock when they are alive? That can't be right I thought. I clicked the Link.  I was not warned about what I was going to be viewing so I will warn you. As much as the footage is VERY distressing and upsetting, I think its good for people to open their eyes to this and see what is going on. 


I watched this footage on my own on Friday whilst my girls were napping. And I then watched it with my husband later Friday night. The tears streamed down our faces. How can this be allowed to happen? How can anyone do this to another living being? How can we stop this? We had some many questions.


Thankfully there is two wonderful people doing all that they can to make a difference to these poor animals lives, Animals Australia's Lyn White and RSPCA Australia's Bidda Jones. These two wonderful ladies are doing what they can to fight this and you too can help Take Action by taking only a few minutes to sign the petition here. Animals Australia have current updates on their Facebook page here. It honestly, only takes a short moment and it will make the world of difference to these poor animals. 


When I was a 12 year old girl, I was traumatised by a school excursion to the local abattoir.  I can still see the visions so clearly. They run through my mind like a movie. Each step these live stock took till their death. As a young girl these images not only scared me into becoming a vegetarian but they haunted me. I would constantly have nightmares of what I saw. It was too much for my little eyes to see at such a young age. 


I vowed to never eat meat again, and honestly, I am surprised that my class mates were able to continue on and eat meat let alone lunch time that exact day!!


I can't exactly remember what my parents take was on my becoming a vegetarian. I dare say they thought it was just a phase. I loved, Meat pies, Spaghetti bolognese, Tacos and of course a cheese burger from McDonald's!!


But as the days and weeks went by, I didn't succumb when my Mum cooked her yummy bolognese. Weeks turned into months and months turned into years. I am very proud to say that I have been a vegetarian for 20 years now. 


I will admit there have been times in my life where I didn't like to talk about my choices. I really didn't like to get into the huge debate about it all. I would often say its the taste, I don't like the taste that's why, just so I could go about my day and not have to put up with lectures that all meat eaters would make me endure. 


It is and has always been so uncomfortable when I go out to someones place for a meal. I always have to remind people that I am a vegetarian which I always hate to do.  Not only do I feel rude but I think the host felt like they had to cook me some fang dangle vego meal which really is never the case. I will just eat the vegie part of the meal they plan to serve. In the end I just really stopped going to dinner parties and more opted to dine out with my friends. Much less complicated.


But today I stand up proud to be a vego and who ever doesn't like it can go and jump!!!



3 comments:

Lucy said...

As a fellow vegetarian I just cannot bear to watch this video. I have heard about it but just can't do it.

On a side note I would love to see a regular vegetarian recipe post from you, I am always looking for more ideas that fit in our busy life!

Mel said...

I have been emailed this link, or seen it on Facebook and blogs over the past week but haven't been game to watch it yet. One of my colleagues watched it at work, and seeing her after she saw it, tears streaming down her face, has been enough. :(

Alicia (Sweet-a-Licious) said...

I can't believe the school put on such an excursion! No wonder you were traumatised by it. I don't think I can bring myself to watch this video - I recently saw a movie Food Inc I think it was and even that had me in tears.

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