Last night hubby and I met up with some local vegetarians at this kick-ass veggie place called “Green Earth“. If you can remotely tolerate vegetables and soy, I strongly recommend it! I had crispy wontons and sweet and sour tofu. So yummy! Anyways, as we got in the door, I became self conscious of the fact that my jacket was made of leather…and my belt..and my boots! I bought all this stuff at a second hand store(except for the boots), but it still felt strange and made me think. If someone decides to stop eating meat, should they avoid all animal products made from parts/skins of animals? Naturally, many veggies would say “of course!” but is it so easy? I mean, I need those boots to stay warm and waterproof. Plus, my coat is much warmer than vinyl and I strongly doubt that belts made of plastic would last as long as ones made of skin. Even if you find alternatives, are they as readily accessible and is every single part of them animal-free? Also-Did you know that jello, Worcheshire sauce and my beloved marshmallows all contain animal bits? Lots of people don’t know this.
Its hard for me to expose my hypocrisy publicly, but there is a point to this ramble-Perhaps we’re all a bit hypocritical. Looking around the room last night, I noticed the menus appeared to be bound in leather along with the seats. (Should have asked the waitress about this discrepancy but anyways.) Once you go down a certain road, it’s very easy to contradict yourself at some point. For example, you could refuse to wear animal skins, but what about your perfume that’s made from whales/beavers/deer? Or your makeup that’s tested on animals? Or even what you feed to your pets? (Who will and should always be carnivores, well unless you own gerbils or your animal has allergies like Quack Attack’s)
But then again there are many reasons for becoming a vegetarian-For example, my main reasons for becoming one are; 1)Environmental concerns. Livestock carves up green space and creates more pollution and 2)because it was getting expensive buying meat for myself and tofu for my husband. (Who’s been a veggie for most of his life) I like to cook and I’d like for him to enjoy what I make, thus it seemed a natural sacrifice. I also met a woman last night who became a vegetarian in the hopes that it would reverse her diabetes and similarly, have heard of individuals who cut back to lower cholesterol. So I guess you shouldn’t judge someone until you know the reasons for their lifestyle choices.
Personally, I think as long as you’re not poaching (which is abhorrent and wasteful) or wearing fur, then its up to the individual on how to best live their life. As for me, I’m striving to become a more informed person (looking into buying makeup with no animal testing), but don’t plan on giving up buying second hand clothing anytime soon, leather or not. I’m not buying directly from a leather store and it helps the planet by recycling. May not make sense to you, but it works for me! 🙂