Recently, I stopped eating meat.
I watched a video on YouTube sometime last week. It was of a slaughterhouse, specifically, a cattle slaughterhouse. What I saw touched me deeply. I had been contemplating the cessation of meat eating quite a bit prior to watching the video. I searched it knowing that it would probably put the proverbial nail in the coffin.
I've been told recently, 'I admire you for doing it' and, 'I'm glad you're sticking to your principles'. It makes me think that they've missed the point. It's nothing to do with my ego, or principles. It's only to do with the animals.
I understand how animals are abused with the intention of gathering as much of their produce as possible: milk , eggs. Hormones are used on cattle to make their udders larger, thus produce more milk, and they are kept in calf for most of the year. Chickens are also produced en-masse and many are kept in crowded battery farms and even force-fed. So free-range and organic is the way to go. Males can be killed. - This is a particularly bad example, I don't know how representative it is of the rest of the poultry farms.
It's important to see that I'm not preaching here, or trying to convince you to turn vegetarian; I'm just relaying the facts. I feel as though I've woken up from the illusion that killing an animal for sustenance is okay.
This thread is a discussion about vegetarianism/veganism.