My natural awakening took me by surprise. I decided I was no longer going to eat anything that had to die first, nothing that once had a face. It may sound like an impulse; instead it was the culmination of evidence of the unethical and abusive treatment of the animals we eat, as they are mass-produced like inanimate objects. In America living creatures with feelings, and emotions are suffering daily.
Fortunately, thanks to my wife Anita, who is sharing this journey with me, I am no longer dependent on the suffering of animals for my next meal. The variety of plant-based foods seems limitless.
I’ve lost weight, have more energy, feel better in general, and I’m discovering a whole new world of culinary delights. We live in a time when it is easier than ever to be a vegetarian, or even a vegan. I believe it was Paul McCartney who said, “If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”