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One Reason Why I Became A Vegan

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A long time ago… I was visiting The Philippines, and there was a celebration. And they were going to kill a pig for this celebration.

Since I was a guest there, I guess they thought it would be a great idea for me to slit the pig’s throat to drain its blood. And upon much coaxing, they got me to the point where I was actually holding the butcher knife to the poor pig’s throat.

I couldn’t do it! The pig was squealing and crying the whole time!

And it was at this point in time that I questioned the whole process of killing animals for food. Just remembering this incident brings me to tears.

I just could never justify why some animals were killed for food and others were kept as pets. It just seemed like a hideous form of animal racism…



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

9 COMMENTS
  1. annie

    oh man i think i would have cried too!!! some of my friends joke about cooking my guinea pigs for food… and i cry everytime. 🙁 i think that’s why i don’t eat as much meat anymore… it makes me sad

  2. annie

    oh man i think i would have cried too!!! some of my friends joke about cooking my guinea pigs for food… and i cry everytime. 🙁 i think that’s why i don’t eat as much meat anymore… it makes me sad

  3. randomguru

    oh no, annie. your friends shouldn’t joke about cooking your pet guinea pigs for food. well, i guess they’re just joking around, but still…

    glad to hear you don’t eat as much meat.

    of course, i’ve done my share of meat eating in the past, being raised that way. but i’ve now stopped and am atoning for my sins. 😉

  4. randomguru

    oh no, annie. your friends shouldn’t joke about cooking your pet guinea pigs for food. well, i guess they’re just joking around, but still…

    glad to hear you don’t eat as much meat.

    of course, i’ve done my share of meat eating in the past, being raised that way. but i’ve now stopped and am atoning for my sins. 😉

  5. Grace

    oh no. Is that what turned you into a vegetarian? Maybe if I saw a cow or chicken being butchered, I wouldn’t be tempted to eat beef or chicken either. I don’t eat goat or sheep because I witnessed a goat get slaughtered when I was like 5 or 6 years old and I could never forget that experience.

  6. Grace

    oh no. Is that what turned you into a vegetarian? Maybe if I saw a cow or chicken being butchered, I wouldn’t be tempted to eat beef or chicken either. I don’t eat goat or sheep because I witnessed a goat get slaughtered when I was like 5 or 6 years old and I could never forget that experience.

  7. randomguru

    Grace: yes, pretty much that plus the need to cut down on animal products because it’s contributed to high blood pressure in the past.

  8. randomguru

    Grace: yes, pretty much that plus the need to cut down on animal products because it’s contributed to high blood pressure in the past.

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