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Letter to a Meat Eater
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Letter to a Meat Eater

It was not too long ago that I would have happily challenged you to (and probably beaten you at) ANY cooking/eating competition. Wings, chili, burgers, ribs... You may not realize that cruelty to animals affects you in subtle and profound ways. It hurts you and it obviously hurts the animals, but it deflects you from your true morality...and as a consequence you walk more heavily in this world.

Those wings you munch on, the ribs you suck dry, were part of innocent beings that suffered immensely. They were the arms of a helpless chicken, the tender sides of a gentle cow.  Just think about that. They did not want to die. (Given their tortured existence, they probably did not want to live either. Take 15 seconds to imagine living under their conditions.)

I challenge you to watch "Earthlings". It will take more than a little courage. It is not for the faint of heart. But if you insist on eating meat, you should at least know how the meat you eat gets from there to here.

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  1. Anita Vegana
    This is true. I have never watched it, but I may soon. I voted. Please come read my new article, Foods You May Think Are Vegan But Aren't, and vote if you like it. Thank you.
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  2. SnakeWitch
    I believe another post was written about that movie. I will be honest - if this is another one of the movies that depict the gore of butcheries and factory farms, I'll skip. I'm not saying it's a bad movie, but I've seen far too much of this already and am ready to explore other areas of veganism. Don't worry, I voted. Please come look at my new post, Boreal Forest. Let me know what you think.
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  3. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. So true, everything you say. I watched part-way through Earthlings, but I was doing it on my PC and had download problems, so had to stop. What I saw was more than enough anyway! Like SnakeWitch, I don't have to see the rest; that should be reserved for non-vegans, to try to convert them. You might like my latest blog, Feathered Friends, please check it out! :-)
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    1. Mark T
      Yes. It's very difficult to watch. I honestly have not been able to watch it all the way through. But what I saw in those first 35 minutes was enough to turn me vegan on the spot. I promised myself I would come back and watch it. Maybe to harden my resolve, or add to my inspiration or increase my committment...but I guess it made such an impression on me that I really don't have to. I had seen enough. It just blows my mind that anyone could watch that and still shrug it off.
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      1. Anita Vegana
        I agree. Some people put their taste buds before anything else - including their own health. They'd rather die young than live longer and healthier.
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          So would I, if the truth be told Anita! You are right, some people always put their own egos and desires before anything else. It seems to be such a common phenomenon these days, and it is like it is encouraged and admirable, this extreme selfishness and lack of respect. It's no wonder the world is in the state it is in....
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  4. JustVegan
    well expressed post. voted. do check my new post on potato cauliflower soup and vote if you like.
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  5. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    i used to get so depressed eating meat! sometimes i would have nightmares! oy. thanks for article, i appreciate your passion for protecting the animals. they need our voices to help get their rights sorted. well done. blessings. voted. :)
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