Tuesday, July 19, 2011

trauma

Dude.

I've been reading a book my French mate passed onto me. Skinny Bitch it's called.

It's about being skinny, not scrawny. But has this sort of no-nonsense way of spelling out what you should and shouldn't eat, and they use the word 'fuck' a lot.

They're obnoxious. It makes for entertaining diet reading.

I have been tickled pink, and until last night, was devouring the book like a low-cal salad.

Then there was a whole chapter dedicated to animal products. ie, milk and meat.

Dude.

I didn't sleep last night. I made the Brit read it so he could understand why I was crying and performing and carrying on.

It was absolutely devastating. Whether they're lying or telling the truth, it worked.

I am gutted.

The chapter talked about what happens in a slaughterhouse. I don't think I need to reproduce what they said, read it for yourself, if you dare/can stomach it.

They took quotes from people who worked there, and went into detail by detail the kind of things animals are subjected to before they die.

Dude.

It's going to be a long time until I eat a piece of meat or drink milk again. I just can't bear to look at it. I am absolutely in shock.

7 comments:

Wyrd said...

Oh Peas, I don't know whether I should do this to you, but here goes.

If you really want a reality check, watch Earthlings. It's free, here, http://www.earthlings.com/

I watched it almost by accident once, and while I haven't completely gone vegan as a result, I've seriously cut down on my animal product consumption.

Ooh, but brace yourself. It's everything that you've read in that chapter in visceral visual form.

onestilettoatatime said...

It is nice to no longer be naive about where your meat comes from, what the animals actually go through. I have been a vegetarian for over 10years and haven't looked back once. It is so sad that people think they need meat in their diet. There so many yummy cruelty free alternatives!
Btw I love your blog :)

http://onestilettoatatime.blogspot.com

Peas on Toast said...

Wyrd - thank you. I really don't think I'll be able to watch that. Reading it left me wide awake as it is. It's going to be a while until I venture into meat eating again, eeeeek!

I might be able to ahve a look anext week...

Stiletto - Hi! And thank you :)
Yip, I think it's time to start seriously considering alternatives. I am absolutely horrified.

Flarkit said...

Which reality are we contemplating? I'd see it as a learning experience and learn to respect what meat you do consume. It's not as if animals suffered any less before there were abbatoirs.

(that, coming from someone who gave up red meat for personal health reasons 11 years ago)

I still believe that we should enjoy the experience of consuming sustenance. If a juicy steak, or good hamburger, or lamb stew provides you with a good experience, why deprive yourself? However, we shouldn't think that we've earned some right to be ignorant of how the meat arrived in our plates.

Enjoy that awesome curry and be grateful to the creature(s) which provided you with so much.

Secret said...

And that is why I am a vegetarian.

Bailey Schneider said...

Dude, I have the book too. I kinda skimmed over it because I didn't really feel like reading about the cruelty. Maybe that's the Ostrich technique but I didn't feel like being disturbed :/

Revolving Credit said...

No milk?

Dude, I'm not sure what things are like in Britain, but here in SA the milk doesn't come from the slaughterhouse??

That would be kinda counter productive and make milk hellishly expensive...just saying.