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DEC 01, 2009: So you're a vegetarian? Part 1 | Casual conversations about vegetarianism you might have had or heard

Q: So, you're a vegetarian.
A: Yup.
Q: Don't you miss the taste of meat?
A: No, not at all. But even if I did, there are plenty of "imitation meat" products like burgers, hot dogs, cold cuts, etc. that are made to taste like meat, but have no animal products in them.
Q: Yeah, but they don't taste as good as meat...
A: Some do, some don't. Besides, this isn't a concern for me. The reason I'm a vegetarian is not so I can eat soy-products, it's because I don't want to be part of the meat industry, something that promotes the suffering and killing of animals by the millions. As long as I can eat healthy and not be a part of the meat-machine, I'm happy.
Q: I don't know, I can't imagine living without meat.
A: Well, it's totally possible to live without it. What you're feeling is the product of years of eating meat - a very strong conditioning, almost an addiction, that has many people believing that "there is no other way". I'm living proof that there is another way. I used to eat meat for years. But then I made a conscious decision to stop, for the same reasons I just mentioned, and I've felt great ever since.
Q: And you don't have a desire to eat meat, ever?
A: No, not really. What I really want is for the world to stop abusing and killing innocent animals. Even if I loved the taste of meat, like you do, the desire not to contribute to the suffering and killing of animals would take priority over my love of the taste.

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