|Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City|
Despite a very hectic schedule, I try to keep moving. I bike or run in the morning or walk the dog. But, one thing I realized is the difficulty of finding restaurants that serve “real healthy food”. Fast foods that serve either burger or fries or soda abound in almost every corner. However, finding something “organic”, and “natural” is quite difficult.
In my quest for a healthier alternative, I stumbled upon a video showing how our meat is actually produced. This very graphic video opened my eyes to the very sad reality of the plight of animals killed for food.
|39 Malingap Street, Teacher's Village, Quezon City|
Am I turning “vegetarian”, “vegan” or whatever they call it? I do not know. At this point, I do not want to brand what came into me. I just realized that eating animals is something that we do not need to survive. In chess and in life, I try to make the right move. I think it is definitely the right time for me to try cuisines without the carcass of a dead animal as an ingredient. Instead of the familiar fast food, I visited "Earth Kitchen" and "Pino Restaurant". I am in the process of discovering other similar restaurants.
Regrettably, in this time of massive consumption factory farming has become a norm. I have seen how cruel and deplorable this kind of farming does to pigs, cows, and chickens that we customarily eat. It is difficult to deny that this process of producing food where animals are reduced to “lifeless assembly parts” is definitely inhumane and unhealthy. The drugs, suffering and the stress these animals took and endured in those factory farms will mostly likely be transferred to anyone who eats them.
I do not want to support such cruel and unhealthy methods. I love life and similarly animals love theirs. If we take an animal’s life for food or whatever, no amount of money, technology or effort can bring it back. I had been thinking lately and I really need to do what is right. We really do not need to kill these animals – our fellow “Earthlings” – to survive. Indeed, they have much right to live just like the rest of us.