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From: quietjoyful1 (cache-df08.proxy.aol.com)
Subject: the proverbial light bulb
Date: December 27, 2002 at 8:11 am PST

It happened just the day before yesterday.

I was watching a documentary video called "My Brother's Keeper" about the murder trial in Munnsville New York in a small farming community. There was one brief scene in which we saw a small pig killed and butchered. It was horrible.

I looked at my fiance who was watching with me and said, "It's enough to make someone a vegetarian." And it did.

I love animals. I have four wonderful feline companions, and I love all of them dearly, see them as distinct and wonderfully different personalities, have unique and individual relationships with each of them.

I can no longer wear the blinders of self interest and pretend the packages of meat I buy in the supermarket are manufactured, like my breakfast cereal. Some unique, individual animal is slaughtered (murdered) to provide that meat for me, and I can't stand being part of that one moment longer.

At first I worried about my family: I have two boys ages 11 and 12 who were raised in a meat eating family and my fiance is quite fond of meat dishes. But it's true....if you really CAN'T, you can't and all difficulties fall away in the face of it.

I can't cook or eat meat any longer. I am a physician and know enough about nutrition to know that a vegetarian diet is healthful. I am also a gourmet cook, and I am confident I can satisfy my family with vegetarian meals. If they wish to choose meat when we dine away, so be it. I cannot.

For the rest of my life, I will see that scene in my mind's eye, and it will hurt me.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story.

Susie



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