I would like with pleasure to tell a beautiful story about how an insight descended on me and I became a vegetarian. But I don't have such a story! It's more of a creepy story. I was then in my freshman year, my friend invited me to his birthday and witnessed what he should not have seen. I saw how the animal was being ruthlessly killed. It was a rabbit. The people who did it didn't stop. It was a blow to my psyche. I got hysterical and only after a while I stopped crying and calmed down a bit. My feelings cannot be conveyed.
For my 12 years, I was given a rabbit. I did not follow him and he ran away. And after a few years seeing this ... it is to represent the same rabbit that you had. I think a person who has or has a favorite pet can understand me. Perhaps this is a childish trauma, perhaps something else .. but then I realized that not only this rabbit is a victim of such a human attitude. And I went to bed one evening, and woke up and realized that I didn't want to eat meat. And that's all. I didn't even want to. And at that time I did not have a single friend of a vegetarian, all my friends said: "Have you lost your mind? How is it not to eat meat? You only eat grass, or what? Think about the future! Oh health!" Several years passed before all my friends and family just put up with it.
I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything, I believe that veganism and vegetarianism are absolutely voluntary things . A person himself must come to this, regardless of fashion and not for the sake of experiment. So don't listen to anyone. If you love meat and are not ready to part with it - eat, this is only your choice. If not and you yourself want it, then do it! This is just your life and you do not need to limit yourself in what you want or like.
I warn you in advance that I am simply answering the question posed, and I do not want to promote vegetarianism in any way, so I ask without aggression. Thank you.
I started vegetarianism after watching "Earthlings", which my sister advised me (The film consists of filming scientific laboratories, where experiments are performed on animals, workshops for the production of meat and leather products). This documentary had such a strong effect on me that I gave up meat completely without withdrawal, but justified it only with humane reasons: "Thousands of animals are dying for me, as I did not notice it before, I would rather die than all of them." Six months later, I was interested in aspects of health, because I felt better with eating without meat, and I got a little leaner (from 76 kg - 68 kg). I read Colin Campbell's "Chinese Studies", found a good youtube channel of Roma Milovanov, who in short videos clarified the nuances of such a diet. Six months later, it dawned on me that dairy products are also not obtained in a humane way, and bring the same harm to the body as meat, so I became a vegan. Yes, there have already been breakdowns, but this is an addiction that I should get rid of. Recently I became very interested in raw food. I read a dozen books on this topic, and came to the next conclusion that the only natural food for humans is raw fruits / vegetables / berries. Three times I tried to cross, three times I failed, and the other day I tried again. While I'm holding on, I hope I can go this time.
And I’ll add a little thought, if I may: When you try to switch to vegetarianism, you begin to understand how everyone clings to stereotypes, how fiercely they defend their little world, and do not even want to accept new information, comprehend it. At the first time, as I became a vegetarian, I felt like a chosen one, received my sight, I wanted to tell everyone, everyone about how we were deceived all the time. Of course, they sent me away. And now I understand everyone. I no longer have any desire to impose my opinion on anything on people. After all, if I were told, when I switched to vegetarianism, that there is such a thing as a raw food diet, where you need to eat only raw fruits / vegetables, I would exclaim "What are you, a fool? But what about proteins, milk, blablabla ..." ... Now everyone says that vegans are evil, that they put pressure on everyone with their pride, they say "we are better than you." However, this is not the case. For example, the environment constantly puts pressure on me, as soon as they find out that I am a vegan (I do not speak about this openly, but since holiday feasts happen quite often, they will still find out). People make fun, tease, humiliate me. I’m not saying that all, but the majority. Film This Is What I Need. All stereotypes are a lie, and at least try to more openly accept information, really weigh everything logically, and not according to the canons of society. In no case, again, I'm not saying that you should give up meat, you always have the right to choose.
I went too far from the question, but for me it was like alead, so thank you for this question.