Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Haha.. I'm so clever with my titles.. ok just kidding. On a serious note, I recently read a very interesting article on my beloved New York Times regarding new solutions to curb global warming and climate change. As you can see (from my climate change badge on the right), climate change is an issue that is very dear to my heart.
Anyway, this article discusses the impact of an ever increasing worldwide penchant for eating meat. Apparently more meat=more pigs/cows=more released methane=more greenhouse gases. Now, I grew up in Texas, so I know that more than anything else, Texans love their meat. I, myself, am more of a chicken and turkey girl, although I do crave the occasional burger. However, recently on top of this article and on top of an awful PETA-like show of how chickens are slaughtered, I witnessed, here in Taiwan, on our lovely little street markets, a chicken slaughtered. It was the most awful thing I have ever heard. It's sort of similiar to a desperate cry for help that is only heard in a thriller movie, when some girl is about to get the axe.
Do animals feel pain? Sure. Do they cling to their own life? Of course, survival is key, is it not? So although this isn't an advertisement for PETA or for animal lovers and vegetarians everywhere, but this is my own personal resolve to cut back on meat. I'm not saying I want to go full vegetarian or even vegan, but for my love of the planet and my desperate wish to not be the cause of another chicken's screams... I hereby pledge myself to eat smart. Besides, studies show that Americans eat more meat than is even healthy! How about that? Here my mother was always telling me to eat more meat to be healthier. I suppose its a relic from those days when only the wealthy had meat and the poor had to subside on vegetables and grains. Perhaps many of us will revert back to a less meat-hearty meal if the economy continues down this current path. I will gladly take this challenge on. Will anyone join me?