I'm a vegetarian, but not Vegan. I don't eat any meat (includes seafood) and I don't eat things made mostly from eggs. (If it's a cake or biscuit, I'll eat it, but I don't eat omelettes basically. I'll eat eggs if I ever have my own chickens. I do drink milk, but don't eat/drink other dairy products often.
My reasons are:
1. It's flesh. That disgusts me. I havent had Beef/red meats since I was 14, or Chicken since I was 19 (Im 22 now). I'd be biting into my food & think
"hang on;this was alive not so long ago. It was a life. Now it's just 'food'?"
2. Animal Welfare point of view - I've seen the way these animals are treated (in terms on enclosures, cramped conditions etc). You see things like the Cormo Express drama on the news (in Aus), where Kuwait, or some nearby country wouldnt accept our livestock, so heaps of sheep were stranded on a cramped ship, in the middle of the ocean, in searing heat, for weeks on end. The conditions were appalling.
3. I try to think of all things equally. I treat my dog, and other animals, just as I'd treat any reasonable human being - with respect. I mean, I see the
'personality' my dog has, and even my crayfish has cute quirks about it. And I think about an animal (chicken/cow) as also having these characteristics.
Now, to see it from the other point of view, I don't disagree with eating animals. I just disagree with the way we farm them purely for our own pleasure; just to eat, and think nothing of. I can understand however, people that need to hunt for animals to survive. And I'm fine with that. It just saddens me the way we farm these animals, on a special "diet" to make them larger, faster, and become a better meal. check out the aussie animal liberation website for australia for more info if you like. They show the natural growth rates for chickens, compared to some farming standards.
I guess I'm so passionate about this, because I'm studying conservation at uni, but I'll end up working at a place like WWF or IFAW if I play my cards right, and I adore animals; and I don't like knowing of animals in pain