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The aftermath of Christmas: I’m turning vegan

Posted on - 7th January, 2011 - 2:46pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Observations, Opinion, People, Things To Do

A typical scene on Christmas Day

It all started with a conversation during Christmas dinner.

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Conversation was flowing just as quickly as the bucks fizz, and talk soon turned to the year the father-in-law had bought a live turkey, killed it, plucked it, cooked it, sat down ate it – which, according to some sat around the table, is ‘disgusting’.

They said it as they tucked into a shop-bought turkey.

It jogged an old memory of someone telling me they could never eat anything they could identify and it got me thinking.

Would we eat just as much meat if we had to catch and kill it ourselves? What about if we raised it first – could you kill Daisy for a burger? Do we truly realise where meat comes from and recognise the journey from field to frying pan?

Is meat-eating an instinct buried in human DNA, or is it a choice? Then there are the health and wealth aspects to consider – how much money would we save by cutting out meat, if any? And is it healthy to avoid meats? Is it even possible not to eat animals or animal products today?

These questions are the reason why I’ve decided to turn vegan for the whole of January.

You can see how my first week has gone by checking back this Saturday, when we’ll also be looking at just how hard it is to avoid animal products.

Image courtesy of tremaine.lea on Flickr.

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Are you a vegan, or have you tried veganism in the past? What challenges do you anticipate Mike to face in his quest to cut out animal products?

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