In 2011, I decided to go pescetarian and until this day, I am still leading this new (now habitual) eating lifestyle.
However, it wasn’t easy for me to do this transition. In fact, during previous years, I had tried and failed a couple of times since like a lot of people would say, “meat tastes too good to give up.”
I also chose the method of going cold turkey, which only made it harder. After trying out different ways, I finally learned a better and more effective strategy: reduce the portions of meat consumed each day until it reaches to zero.
Lo and behold, I officially took out meat from my diet, except of course fish and other assorted seafood.
When I tell people that I’m a pescetarian, they always ask me, “why?”
My first response is that my stomach cannot digest meat properly, so I needed to take it out to save me any unnecessary pain. Then my second response is that I don’t agree with how people treat animals, so I would add on saying it’s better to at least purchase from local farms where animals are free-running.
After hearing my reasoning, I would either get the pity response, “oh that sucks! Meat is so delicious!” or the accusatory response, “oh who cares about how the animals are treated! What are you, an animal rights activist?”
Actually no. I’m a human rights activist.
In the recent years, I’ve had the desire to go back to eating meat because I realized that I would have so many more options to choose from.
But every time, I consider it, I felt this wave of disgust run through me. I thought it was because I had been off the meat diet for so long, I had built up an aversion for it.
As I look deeper though, I found out that wasn’t it.
I felt disgusted because I knew that eating meat is eventually going to destroy our world. It’s eventually going to ruin the future for our children, their children, and the generations after them; that is if they are still alive by then.
The fact is, and we are well aware, that raising animals like chicken, pigs and cows (especially cows) require so much land not only for the feed but also for the farming property. By digging up land like this, we are destroying habitats for animals, trees and plants, and releasing toxic levels of carbon into the air.
We are killing off our biodiversity that is extremely essential to the cycle of life for both animals and humans. With more carbon in our breathing air and increasingly fewer trees, we are literally creating a gas chamber across the whole planet from which we cannot escape by just walking out the door.
This is an urgent matter and it continues to surprise (and frighten) me how unserious a large part of the population is on this matter.
I want everyone to know that it’s not the same anymore; we cannot continue living like we have in the past decades without having catastrophic consequences on everyone’s health and safety. Our carbon footprint and human population are exceeding the biomass of Earth. We are like an overfilling garbage bin that will soon not be able to be used until we change our habits and make room for space for every single individual. To do this, we need to come together and really take action. Each one of us has a right to be on Earth. However, that also means we all have the obligation to take care of place we’re blessed with, which is the nature that existed long before we did.
So, no, I’m a pescetarian not because I’m a huge animal rights activist, wishing to save all the bunnies in the world (though that should be a priority), but because I care so much about the wellbeing of the human race that I just cannot sit around and do nothing.
I’m now moving towards being a full vegetarian by removing my consumption of fish as well, since so many aquatic species are becoming endangered, even extinct.
I encourage everyone who reads this to reduce the portions of meat they consume on a daily basis. If you can give it up completely, even better! It is a small simple action, but one that holds a lot of impact. After all, consumption, particularly of meat, is one of the leading causes of world deterioration.
Just remember that the taste of non-meats and nutrients are small issues. With dedication and commitment, you can live a meat-free life and still be healthy. Maybe even healthier than meat-eaters.
We are talking about the future of the human race. If we can work together on this, I’m certain we can postpone (hopefully prevent) future warfares, famines, and natural disasters from ravaging beautiful Earth that we proudly call “our home.”