I was once what I thought was an ethical vegetarian... I never associated the harm and killing done to source eggs or milk. In fact, in order to supplement my protein I actually ate twice as much dairy - for my "health".
This wasn't hard though - I had many reasons to "love" cheese. I was raised in a European environment. Between the French and Italians - Cheese was served at every meal. I also worked for two years in Hickory Farms - sampling hundreds of varieties... And of course there was the weekly pizza gorges: "Extra cheese please". It was a staple in my diet from birth...
Anyway - when the truth became known to me about what cows must endure to "give" milk, cheese, butter, cream - I realized that there was bloodshed in all of it. Then I learned how nasty and unhealthy it was as a "food". That was it for me and dairy.
I admit after almost 3 years... there are times I do miss cheese. But once I ask myself "at what cost" to have that cheese (or ice cream, etc) it's not a sacrifice at all. Stolen babies, enslaved mothers, the slaughter of innocent life - No... For me the choice becomes very easy. I've managed to satisfy any cravings with plant based alternatives... But even that has subsided - I find the "addiction" to "cheeze"
has been snuffed.
I'd never go back.
My only regret is that I didn't make these discoveries decades ago.
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