I awoke from my dream earlier this week and thought “What the *#%$?” In it, I had just learned that the large golden-colored dog I had sent for processing was ready to be picked up. Yes, processing, as in meat processor. I had sent a sweet dog to slaughter, WTH? Why in the world would I dream of such a horrible thing? I felt sick to my stomach as the thought of doing such a thing began to sink in.
While eleven other countries eat dogs the same as we eat pigs and chickens at some point, America decided that they were pets and not food. We got that part right.
I have had a dog for the first time in my life now for just about a year, and she is the main reason for my shifting perception around consuming animals and the main reason I no longer can eat cows, chickens, lambs or pigs.
As humans, we do not require animal flesh to survive, and no we are not carnivores it is a survival thing and now for generations, it has become a cultural thing. We are raised believing we need to consume animal flesh and dairy, to survive, and both are lies perpetuated by profits.
I will be expounding upon this further over the coming weeks and look forward to sharing more insights into our nutritional requirements and how we have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to eating meat. Funny I just used the industry standard term for what should be called flesh or muscle.
While my dog’s hind legs reminded me so much of a pig’s rear legs, I am grateful that is so as that is what finally brought me to this point. Once I stopped eating cows, pigs, lambs and chickens my relationship with them changed, and I no longer have an internal conflict around it. Plus the health benefits from removing animal flesh from the diet are undeniable and besides heart attacks and cancer can be killers, so a double win there.
There was a time not too long ago when I couldn’t imagine eating a meal without meat so if you’re a meat ten times a day person I understand. If you’re a dairy all day girl and love it I understand. My sharing this information is only to share my experience since it is all so new to me.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Share as you care to and Be Well!