Originally Posted by Rockcat
I WAS vegetarian for 10 years, but that ended in '97 when I couldn't stand it anymore and started eating fish...not all seafood, but fish. I appreciate the kind thoughts and I wish I was that righteous, but I'm not. I actually cook meat for my DF and friends. Of course, they get fed vegetarian food and fish as well. I feel that it is not up to me to try and change them.
I believe something a little different. I think that if it is in one's heart and he/she is strong enough to be a vegan or vegetarian, they should do it. Some people can't and that is their decision and no one should judge them/us.
Some people shouldn't drink.
Some people shouldn't watch TV.
I short, different people have different values, strengths, and weaknesses.
Thats why I felt hippocritical. I would not ever tell him he shouldn't eat rabbit, but it would have bothered me a lot when I saw and smelled the smoke coming from the grill knowing what it was.
You don't need to feel bad. Just because 99% of your beliefs are well thought out and sensible, doesn't mean you don't always have the option of saying, "Because it feels better to me!" So maybe you are all for women's rights, but want your bf or dh to open doors for you. Oh, well. May not make sense to everybody, but if that is how you feel, it is important!
And I do remember when Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit! I thought about that with the Dick Cheney accidentally shooting his friend. How nice for me that I am a nobody, so when weird or accidental things happen, it isn't news!
As for bonding with animals and then eating them, I think it is usually a different kind of bonding. The people I know who raise their own meat do not treat the animals as pets. However, the fact that they care for them and feed them does develop a bond, I am sure. But it is not the same as taking a bunny who has been hopping around your living room, then cooking it. It is a sheep or cow out in a barn and pen. While you have to give it daily care, and feed it, and keep it healthy, you are aware that it is not a pet. I have never done this myself, so can't say for sure, but the people I know who do this are very practical and matter of fact about it. And they often raise several animals, and sell some of the meat. That may help, not knowing for sure which animal they are consuming.
Egads, if I keep reading and posting to this thread, I may have to go vegetarian! It does make it seem kind of gross to eat meat...must resist...must resist!