Pro-Life Vegetarian *Gasp*

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I believe that what you consume affects your overall health. By striving to live this way, I have slowly been becoming a vegetarian. I have been doing this for health reasons and personal convictions about harming animals for my dinner. Let me tell you, if you are a new vegetarian or vegan, don’t try to shout it from the rooftop. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told, “Being a vegetarian isn’t healthy, there’s no way to get protein.” “You need meat.” “How can you live without bacon?” But by far the most hurtful things that others have told me on my quest to eat healthy and help the environment, economy, and the animals by trying to eat ethically is when I’m told that I can’t be pro-life and a vegetarian.

Yes, you read it right. In the past, I have been told that I shouldn’t be fighting for animal life and yet be pro-human life.

I’m not sure how some seem to compare eating veggies to baby’s being murdered in their mothers womb, but, however, I have been told that my focus should be on saving babies, not animals because animals don’t have souls. I recognize this, but in too many cases animals in industrial farming there’s an abuse in the way the animals are raised and murdered for profit.

I am pro-life, but that goes further than babies. I have personal convictions about what and who I support in the animal industry. I don’t push my beliefs on others, but I believe that it’s one of my responsibilities to stand up for the animals because they don’t have a voice. Babies don’t have a voice, either; I stand up for them, too. 

Let me make this straight, I am in no way saying that a steak is more important than a baby. I love people, so that means I love babies too! Often times the others define being pro-life as being pro-human. But I say that sometimes being pro-life it means more than human babies. It means pro-life of babies, animals, and the environment. All being life – just being in different forms.

#StopYulin15

A few thoughts on #Stopyulin15. Where do I start? If you haven’t heard of Yulin, do some research on it OR just type in anything about “Stop Yulin” and you will find quite a bit of information. About a week about #Stopyulin15 started going through my Instagram and Facebook feeds.

Naturally, being an animal lover I was appalled by what was happening in China, and I proceeded to look at the hashtag and lots of pictures came up that said something like, “I see humans but nothing humane” and several, “save the dogs” videos. I have a problem with this. I’m not justifying what is going on, BUT I find it hard to accept how the public is responding to this. IF the public was as concerned about animals and dogs as they appear to be, they wouldn’t support dog stores who sell animals from animal mills. They would become vegan because cows and chickens shouldn’t have to live in the conditions that they are forced to be in in traditional farming. And they would go out and do something about innocent animals being tortured everyday in America, not just in other countries.

There is an emotional connection to cats and dogs because they are what are considered “house animals.” They sleep in our beds, have a designated spot for eating, and sometimes are included in family pictures. But what about pigs? IS pig abuse as concerning as canine? Does it not matter because “bacon is delicious.” (I’m not sure if I’ve knowlingly have eaten bacon before but that is what I am constantly told when I tell someone that I don’t eat pork for religous reasons). In America, what is happening in China would not be nearly as big as a deal IF we openly ate dogs and cats in America. We would see this extremly different if it was happening to an animal that is often eaten in America.