Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thoughts I Have While Walking in the Supermarket

Since becoming vegan I've noticed some changes in how I view a LOT of things. For example, I pay more attention to ads on TV revolving around food. Another thing I also view differently now is the meat department in grocery stores.

Before a couple of months ago, I wouldn't have thought twice when looking at a package of meat. My mom and I would easily load a hot and fresh rotisserie chicken from Wal-Mart into our cart when shopping. But now, I actually know what I'm looking at. Parts of an animal.

An animal who had a heart, brain, and breathed air. An animal who had a mother, and probably a sister and brother. An animal who was curious and intelligent. An animal who was afraid and had fear. An animal who was abused and unloved. But most importantly an animal who didn't want to die and fought for their life.

"Animals are God's creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but PRECIOUS BEINGS in God's sight." -- Rev. Andrew Linzey, Oxford University

I get that it's easy to pick up a package of chicken, beef, pork, ham, or turkey. Because it doesn't have eyes, or legs, feathers, or a tail and comes prepared in a nice plastic or styrofoam container. You didn't kill the animal yourself, or see it being done so it's easy to just see the meat as food. But the next time you're in the meat section of the grocery store, just stop and think about what you're really buying and eating. No it's not just food, but instead was once a living creature. An animal who had a personality. An animal that didn't want to die.

For the animals,

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