I have been a vegetarian for about a year now - but not what I would call a 'good enough vegetarian'. I cut out red meat, chicken and fish, but was completely oblivious to the amount of animal products in everyday foods...
I went away a few days ago and visited a yummy lolly-store. I was about to buy a packet of gummy bears when I noticed in the ingredients it said 'gelatine (from pork)'. I had never given a second thought to this before... I didn't buy the lollies (needless to say...)
I did some research this morning on-line and was *shocked*
at the amount of animal products actually used!!! I had NO idea!!!
Why oh why do we exploit animals like this? I am ashamed to now know that Australia has one of the worse conditions for pigs - 95% of pigs live in small metal cages, bred to be eaten/kept pregnant....
Oh I could go on!!!
That's right... I'm meant to introduce myself!
My name is Jess, I'm 22, live in Sydney, and have a Diploma in Children's Services.