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About myself:<br>
I'm 18 years old<br>
I'm female, obviously<br>
I live in Australia<br>
I'm Vietnamese<br>
I love reading, writing, traveling, trying new foods, PC adventure gaming, drawing, painting, knitting and animals<br><br>
I decided to become a vegetarian about a month ago, for several reasons:<br><br>
1. I'm disgusted by the way animals get treated on and off factory farms. I still won't buy "organic" meat though. A murdered, bloody carcass is still a murdered, bloody carcass.<br><br>
2. I can't stand the thought of eating meat after knowing that they pump the animals with growth hormone and antibiotics. I just don't want that crap in my body. It just can't be good for me.<br><br>
3. Meat is expensive anyway. $25 for a leg of lamb? That's ridiculous, I could buy several kilos of dried lentils/chickpeas/beans which would last a lot longer. I'm saving up for a lot of new things and meat is an unnecessary expense.<br><br>
4. I've become fond of sheep, cows, pigs and chickens. They are nice, gentle animals - what have they ever done to deserve to be tortured and killed by their millions every year? Nothing. I'd like to keep pet sheep/cows/pigs/chickens if I could afford it. It just feels wrong to eat their flesh, especially since I don't actually need to.<br><br>
5. I'm tired of the taste of meat. Vegetarian food is more refreshing for my palate. Plants are "lighter", meat is "heavy". It's kind of hard to explain.<br><br>
6. I haven't eaten any meat in a while and I feel great. I never get constipated anymore, I have more energy, I rarely ever get pimples, I don't get stomachaches and I generally feel better about myself knowing that I'm not supporting factory farming.<br><br>
6. Humans don't need meat to survive. It is quite possible to get iron, calcium and protein from non-animal sources.<br><br>
7. I think it's really hypocritical for any person to claim that they are against animal cruelty and care about animal welfare, yet eat meat. Eating meat is the exact opposite of being anti-animal cruelty. The very act of slaughtering an animal for its flesh is cruel. I got into an argument with a racist online. He said something to the tune of: "Asians are inferior because they eat cats and dogs in Asia". He thought it was okay to eat pork, beef, chicken and lamb though. It got me thinking, how can it be okay to brutally slaughter millions of pigs, cows, chickens and sheep every year but it's wrong to eat cats or dogs? I wouldn't eat either but it doesn't seem very consistent to me.<br><br>
8. Factory farming isn't sustainable or environmentally friendly. It takes a helluva lot of grain and water to produce a very small amount of meat. I don't have the exact statistics on my mind at the moment but it is very wasteful.<br><br>
9. I'm studying to become a nurse. After seeing people cut open, with nasty bloody open wounds, meat, especially red meat, has lost its appeal.<br><br>
In addition to not eating any more meat, I won't be eating eggs or dairy products.<br>
Consuming the milk from another species is unnatural and disgusting. Can you imagine a human sucking on a cow teat? Ew...<br>
I just don't like the taste of eggs and the way chickens get treated is pretty terrible.<br><br>
I'm on VB mostly for the recipes and friendly discussion with like-minded people. Hello!
 

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Hi! Welcome to the forums! Sounds like you've been thinking a lot about this. I'm sure you'll fit right in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> You are gonna love it here. There is a great wealth of information here.
 

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Welcome to VeggieBoards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome! I'm pretty new too!
 

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Welcome to veggieboards!
 

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Welcome with open (albeit digital) arms. You rock.
 
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