Sunday, May 30, 2010

GAME CHANGER


It's not often that I read a book that changes my life. Hell, it's not often that I finish a book. Just ask my wife. Look around the house and you will see scores of books that I started and failed to finish. There's Wicked (a very hard read), Duma Key (a great book, but I just stopped reading it for some reason) and Guns, Germs and Steel (very complicated subject matter) and several others. A while ago, I decided to read a book called Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I finished it off in a matter of days. This book really took an in depth look at factory farms, slaughterhouses, and the way we treat farm animals in America. The book didn't make me become vegetarian, I already was. It really opened my eyes to how food gets to your plate and how awful that process is. On the last Ski Trip somebody asked me why milk and eggs are bad to eat because after all, no animals are killed. Well, the short answer to that is that they are killed. Let's just say in the egg business, if you are chicken who is born male, its not a pretty sight. Plus there is no retirement village for used up female chickens. And don't get me started on the dairy industry. I understand that everyone will not agree with a vegan diet. But I know everyone will agree that every animal deserves a good life and a humane death. The way it is now, animals do not get that. It is this reason why I have wrung my hands of meat, dairy, and eggs forever. I am proud to be a vegan and I only regret that I didn't do this years and years ago. I just hope Penny, Indy, Holly, Milo, Daisy, Chase, Stuart, Flash, Mr. Pink et al. will forgive me. Peace everyone!

6 comments:

Lisa said...

I hate chickens anyway.

Anonymous said...

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a great book. I use exerpts from it in my Geography classes. There is a pretty good docu adaptation of it from National Geographic that hits the main themes. Netflix it!

jD

Philip Deskins said...

I haven't given up on reading it but I may go with the documentary. Thanks for the info, JD!

Jen said...

You had to bring Milo and Daisy into it ... you guilt tripper, you : )

Philip Deskins said...

Whatever works, Jen ;)

Ms. Thomas said...

Way to go Phil. I wish I had your vegan stamina. It's so hard because eggs and dairy are in things you'd never expect them to be in. Next time I make some vegan goodness I'll set some aside for you.