Ethical Shopping

Leanne_McConnachieHost Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun reporter Zoe McKnight and Leanne McConnachie of the Vancouver Humane Society talk about the ethics of meat, the reality of industrial farming and animal welfare.

Omnivore Shore – a recovered vegetarian – takes on two practicing vegetarians over who should eat what and why.

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  • Ethical eating is definitely gaining momentum.
    Personally, I have found that eating plants – preferably organic – is healthier, cheaper and can be tasty. I have found that a key to tasty vegetarian or vegan food lies in the subtle use of olive oil, garlic, onions, cayene, turmeric etc.
    That said, I still enjoy a range-raised buffalo steak or a 100% grass fed – without guilt. The taste reminds me of my childhood, when all beef was grass-fed! This is the only meat protein I buy these days. I stopped buying and eating chicken and mass-produced (caged hen) eggs years ago after I had interviewed poultry farmers for a research project and learned the details! I stopped buying and eating lamb five years ago after seeing the huge, 24/hour brightly lit ships loaded with crying, live sheep bound for Saudi Arabia in Perth, Western Australia. I have recently resisted pork, even though it is the prominent protein in Spain and Portugal, where we have spent lots of time – and, dare I say it, deliciously prepared!
    I believe that once people taste vegetarian or vegan food that is delicious, with flavour, texture and beautiful colour, they will realize that animal protein is not an essential ingredient and hopefully be able to reduce or delete meals in their home cooked meals.
    Learning how to create delicious meals without animal protein is a process – and after years of trying, I am almost there! And, aside from being better for my health, my focus on a plant-based diet, is better for the environment. Even my husband, a meat eater from Alberta, is enjoying the varieties of meals I am producing with veggies, good oils like olive oil and coconut oil, herbs, spices, grains like quinoa, beans and different types of lentils.
    If you want to reduce or eliminate meat from your diet, just imagine the terrible conditions under which those poor animals were raised – and slaughtered! That did it for me.

  • Why does no one challenge the concept that not eating meat is somehow “ethical”. The science is clear that humans evolved eating meat so, depending on your beliefs, this concept concludes that either God or Nature is unethical. Eat whatever you want, try to improve farming conditions, but don’t coach it in ethics. We happily feed our pets a species-appropriate diet but we think that that doesn’t apply to humans. That is literally unnatural (ie, against nature).

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