I am a (nearly) lifelong veggie, having been given meat as a very small child, I remember not liking the 'feel' of meat in my mouth and when I was old to enough to ask what it was, and was told it was animal I decided there and then that I wouldn't eat it. Apparently my Mum was frantic with worry, when the GP told her she had got to make me eat meat because it was good for me and I would ill if I didn't.
Consequently there was a constant battle at meal times, something I remember vividly. Mum used to hide liver under a mountain of mashed potatoes in the hope I wouldn't discover it! I think that was the cause of my anorexia as a young person.
My reason for being vegetarian is that I don't believe that we have a right to kill animals for our own survival.....I know all the arguments about why we should eat meat, but I have lived for 55 years and am perfectly fit and well, I have a well balanced diet and don't think I have missed out.
I am an animal rights campaigner and believe that we should not treat animals the way in which we do for our own gain. So many times I have watched as people order huge burgers and steaks etc., in restaurants then leave most of it on the plate, It angers me to think that beast died in vane! I have often said I would probably eat it if we waited for the animal to die of old age before we ate it! I know not something that would be possible, or appetising!
When I had my own children I gave them the option of eating meat, my husband ate it and so I prepared meat regularly, though often I would use a meat substitute so that I could eat the same meal. Both my sons are carnivores and I respect that is their choice, but they were educated from an early age to understand the processes of meat production.
These days, when eating out, it is much easier to find vegetarian meals at home and abroad, and so I don't have the problems I used to have in the '70s when the only non-meat option was an omelette!
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