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From: Sanjay Gulati (c-24-63-237-62.hsd1.ma.comcast.net)
Subject:         Re: Because of Fish and Halal Meat
Date: August 30, 2005 at 9:15 pm PST

In Reply to: Because of Fish and Halal Meat posted by Atosa Roshan on August 18, 2005 at 9:28 pm:

I am Indian, so my mom was vegetarian, but my dad, who was from
Pakistan, near the Afghani border, was not. I've spent a lifetime
with mixed feelings about eating meat. I didn't eat alot--just some
chicken and fish occasionally--but I never felt quite right about it.
Philosophically, I believe that we, like all creatures, kill to eat. I
believe it's most important to honor whatever we kill, whether it is
a lettuce or a fish, by doing something with that day and that
energy which gives back to the world equal or more than what we
took.

But last week I finished reading Robbins' "Food Revolution" book,
and I haven't eaten any meat since. Like you, I simply couldn't
stand the thought of the pain and discomfort of the creatures
about to become food. I was always aware of the negative
environmental impacts of raising cows and pigs, but the book
alerted me to the almost-as-bad problems with farmed fish and
chickens. I haven't made any kind of permanent commitment to
vegetarianism, but I find myself very comfortable and happy--
lighter. I had falafel for breakfast, an amazing avocado/carrot
sandwich for lunch, and a smorgasbord of seaweed, nuts, and
other great things for dinner.

I'm happy to discover this website, and look forward to thinking
very consciously about every bite I put in my mouth for the rest of
my life.

Sanjay (Cambridge, Mass.)

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