Being vegan certainly doesn't make my life simple. Every day, I have to do research and make choices, but a lifestyle based on compassion for animals is clearly the right one for me. I have chosen a complicated path, but my conscience is clear.
The truth is that I (and many practitioners who choose to eat meat -- including, incidentally, the Dalai Lama) do grapple with this question. I try to make my choice consciously. Do I really need that right now? How much do I actually need? Can I replace it with something else?
We are omnivores. That's how we're built. There is no dilemma if we are true to ourselves and, at the same time, full of gratitude for all the life forms on this planet, with special gratitude for the edible ones
She grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where a meal meant "the three-point landing -- a huge hunk of meat and two little piles of something vegetable-ish." She moved to Portland for culinary school but kept her Sheboygan mindset. Food meant "midwest fare -- always meatcentric," she says.
In exchange (ultimately for their lives), they received protection from predators, assistance in bearing young and even rudimentary health care. What would become of our domesticated animals if we were to stop eating them?