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#1 Old 04-11-2005, 10:34 AM
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Hello people!



I was researching a project and came across this board. I decided to join as I noticed it seems a good place for a discussion!



Anyways, I'm a 21 year old college student studying Animal Welfare/Animal Care and I'm currently at the end of 2nd year (one more year to go!).



I'm not a vegetarian



I'm very open-minded and can always see both sides of an argument ("why can't the glass be half-empty AND half-full at the same time?!") which means I often tend to contradict myself in the same sentence.



I love soccer, music, reading, writing, joking around.



Animals...hmmm. I have an affinity with horses, I quite like dogs (but I prefer cats.) I've completed work experience in an animal hospital, a pet shop, a kennels & cattery and a groomers.



So that's me! Have I left out any sort vital information? Probably have, but sure!



Hope to get to know some of you while I'm around these parts!
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#2 Old 04-11-2005, 10:41 AM
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#4 Old 04-11-2005, 10:53 AM
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Thanks. Wow, there's so many forums it's kinda scary not knowing where to start. Something's telling me to run before I feel all claustrophobic and panic!
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#5 Old 04-11-2005, 11:20 AM
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Hi Benji;



Welcome to VB!



If you are curious as the "why" of veg*sm I think this is one of the most fact based, respectful, brief and well written things you can read:



http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/



Vegan Outreach has a stellar starter kit.



Please do not let the word "vegan" in it scare you.



Vegan Outreach will mail you a very nice printed copy for

free. You can also download a pdf version for free or read

it on the web for free.



The kit includes unique and thoughtful essays by

Vegan Outreach founder Matt Ball that will help you

make vegetarianism a rewarding and lasting committment.



It has a better recipe section than most starter kits that

I have seen. Best of all it also has an up to date,

complete, easy to understand, and brief nutrition section by

Jack Norris, a vegan Registered Dietician.



Assuming you have a solid reason for starting veg*nism

the two best things you can do to make your commitment to it

last is to learn good nutrition and to learn to cook a small

set of recipes you really like.



Here is the url:

http://www.veganoutreach.org/starterpack



Vegan Outreach also hosts a web site of health articles

for people on plant based diets:



http://www.veganhealth.org



Be careful of who you take nutrition advice from on the web.



There are a number of web mavens who sound as if they know what

they are talking about and they really don't.



Learn to ask people how they know what they know.



Animal Rights sites, even some of the more well known names are known for

giving out of date or incomplete information on vegetarian nutrition.



If you are interested in more information I have articles and descriptions

of books by well known, well respected, and well credentialed authorities

on my web site at:



http://www.geocities.com/beforewisdo...ealthyVeg.html



HTH

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I will indeed read the links you have provided when I get a moment (I'm in the middle of large research project on the Iditarod!)



Me go veggie? It seems impossible at this moment in time as I'm too fond of my meat. I do ensure my eggs are free-range or bought locally and I avoid fast-food outlets as much as possible. This seems to ease whatever conscience I have about consuming meat.



My grandmother lives next to a slaughterhouse and I used to stay with her as a kid. I would regularly see a truck stuffed (that's the only word I could use) with sheep or pigs or cattle arriving at the abbatoir. A few hours later and a truck would leave full of bloody sheepskins. (I could see this as my vantage point was a garden overlooking the hill down to the riverbank, site of the abbatoir.) I'd often run out to kick my football and stumble over a discarded pig trotter at the end of the garden. It was a common occurance to hear blood-curdling squeals over dinner, while munching on a rib of beef from the place by the river.



I've often wondered why these gruesome experiences (esp.for a child) never put me off meat for life. Maybe I sound cold or callous but I'm the same kid who would bury a snail in the flowerbed (complete with lollipop stick cross) if I stood on it and broke it's shell. And now I'm an animal care student.



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Welcome to VB.

I wonder why you weren't affected by the 'blood curdling squeals' as well. Can you explain to me how you can be concerned with animal welfare and animal care and still accept the pain and torture animals go through so you can have a pork chop?
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You should really read the book "SLAUGHTERHOUSE" it's an investigation

inside the U.S meat industry:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...236571-2664900





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Welcome to VB.

I wonder why you weren't affected by the 'blood curdling squeals' as well. Can you explain to me how you can be concerned with animal welfare and animal care and still accept the pain and torture animals go through so you can have a pork chop?



That same question can be asked of many different people about many different situations.



People can get used to things.



When my grandmother had chicken for dinner she started off by killing a live chicken. That would freak any of us out.



It is all a matter of what you are used to.

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#10 Old 04-11-2005, 09:27 PM
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#11 Old 04-12-2005, 10:19 AM
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That same question can be asked of many different people about many different situations.



People can get used to things.



When my grandmother had chicken for dinner she started off by killing a live chicken. That would freak any of us out.



It is all a matter of what you are used to.



yeah that sums it up I suppose. I have no other explanation for it. I've nothing against humans eating animals, what I do have a problem with is the way those animals are treated.
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Hello Benji! You sound like a good sort. I hope you find your stay here an informative one.
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#13 Old 04-12-2005, 12:39 PM
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Hello Benji! You sound like a good sort. I hope you find your stay here an informative one.





Thanks, I'm finding that it already is.
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Welcome to the boards! I like to see people with that kind of outlook to arguements. It'd make my life a lot easier if people could do the same.
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#15 Old 04-13-2005, 04:01 PM
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cool, we might get on, lol.
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Welcome Benji! I'm not a big fan of PETA, but you should watch the "Meet Your Meat" video. It is informative, and will give you something to think about before your next meal. I hope you enjoy your stay here.
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#17 Old 04-18-2007, 08:23 AM
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2 years on and I finally find my way back here. I'm seriously thinking of becoming a vegetarian this time. I've begun preparing meals without meat and finding them just as delicious which is a good start. I've also discovered the wonder of falafels and houmus on pitta bread! lol



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#18 Old 04-18-2007, 06:21 PM
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2 years on and I finally find my way back here. I'm seriously thinking of becoming a vegetarian this time. I've begun preparing meals without meat and finding them just as delicious which is a good start. I've also discovered the wonder of falafels and houmus on pitta bread! lol






hey, that's great! I was wondering why such an old thread got bumped. Welcome back to VeggieBoards!

and I hope you decide veg*nism is right for you
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#21 Old 04-19-2007, 06:16 PM
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wow i just read back on this thats crazy. if you are considering vegetarianism now, why does your sig already suggest you are? is it just a quote you like?
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