In South Australia in the 1970’s and 80’s vegetarians and vegans were not catered for.
There was a cafe on the corner of Hindmarsh Square and Rundle Street Adelaide, called “Carrots” :
one restaurant that catered for vegans
and a Lebanese restaurant that offered a vegetarian platter.
The only vegetarian food one could buy was by Sanitarium
which was, and am guessing still is, owned by the Seventh-day Adventist church.
(And very much appreciated — Thank you Seventh Day Adventists)
We were ridiculed and abused by those in pubs, restaurants and people generally.
I made my own burghers using lentils, vegetable and bread crumbs and at a surprise birthday party for my (now ex) husband all the carnivores were eating these:
not realizing they had no meat.
I didn’t insist my family were vegetarian
I would make a vegetarian dish to share
and also cook meat.
If I ate meat I would have night mares about being an animal in a slaughter house.
I object to factory farming and production line slaughter.
Of course the reason the setup is this way is there are way to many humans.
I didn’t want to eat meat as a child:
for refusing I received a bashing from my mother:
she threatened to have me put in a mental institution
and served me the same meal for breakfast lunch and tea until I ate it.
I have allowed myself to eat meat on a few occasions over the years usually because I was anaemic
The night mares return plus my digestive system doesn’t handle meat.
In this day and age when there are so many vegans, I never expected to be ridiculed but it has happened on several occasions.
I complimented one woman on having soy milk in her coffee and she abuse the hell out of me:
Said that she wasn’t vegan (which according to her is worse than leprosy ) she had soy milk because she liked it.
It is important to me that I am always honest so I must confess that sadly I have only been a part time vegan— but l ways vegetarian:
Hoping this time around I will stay vegan.
If I ate eggs I bought those produced locally as I have been to the farm where the chickens are and I would live where they live 😀
I cannot watch cooking shows:
Haven’t cooked meat for anyone since 1998
I am horrified that people think eating creature that is boiled alive is a treat.
A friend asked me why vegans avoid dairy :
I explained that the cows are kept continually pregnant:
the calves go to slaughter and their mothers know.
In my opinion the drug companies are worse than the meat industry.
In 1982 the husband of one of my staff asked me to report that suckie calves were left to die of dehydration & starvation.
I was told by someone who bought stock that
all new borns are just left to die that way.
In 1982 I reported what was told to me to the RSPCA who called me a liar and a trouble maker.
I put something inwriting but it was ignored.
Animal Liberation told me to write to my politician.
Years later an acquaintance who had worked in the abattoirs told me that the drug companies ask for this.
And my podiatrist (an animal activist) told me that the drug companies collect hormones from this type of death.
People just don’t want to know.
and be kind to non humans
I’ve been a vegetarian for two and a half years and I don’t regret a thing!
Great to hear —there are so many more vegetarians and vegans these days but mostly my grandchildren’s age — in their twenties 😀
Great post 😁
am sorry that i am late “liking” —- I have only just seen it — I appreciate the feed back and that there are so many more vegans these days
Great post, very honest. Thank you for being so honest, it takes a lot to bare ones soul, the struggles that we have… The Devil on one shoulder, the Angel on the other is a very real comparison and analogy. Do you fit in, or go it alone? I hear your story and can’t help but relate it to my own struggle. So, thank you for giving me insight into this type of life lesson.
Be yourself, that’s what I’m taking from this story and I thank you again for your honesty. Cool.
thanks —its taken a long time for me to
be comfortable being myself