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Confessions of a Reformed Vegetarian

Maybe this post is going to be of no interest to anyone else, but I have to share it anyway.

Throughout my college years, I was a die-hard Blur fan (Damon Albarn of Gorillaz fame's other band) and I am no stranger to bassist Alex James' wacky wits. He's now living the country life in England and has recently published a story on why, after 17 years, he's "given vegetarianism the chop."

Chopping up my first lamb stayed vividly on my mind for a few days. The anatomy of a sheep is pretty similar to our own, really. I couldn't scratch my ribs without the image of that immaculate carcass springing to mind. I thought about it involuntarily as I lay in bed at night. But, boy, those chump chops were good.

I was a vegetarian for about 17 years. Now here I am, butchering and eating one of my own lambs.

How could a vegetarian of 17 years talk so effortlessly about slaughtering lambs? To find out,

Turns out he bought a farm, rented the land out to sheep farmers, had a problem with birds taking over and was forced to do something about it.

Killing rooks [crow like birds] is not nice at all. There are no neat boxes for exterminating them; shotguns are the only thing that work and it's a pretty medieval and messy business, which I don't enjoy.

But I felt I was acting for the greater good. It was a hard decision for a vegetarian to make, and the moment I made that decision was the moment I became a farmer.

So there you have it, 17 years of vegetarianism can be undone by a gang of wild birds.

James' entire essay is lengthy, but goes into a lot of detail about his own country house experiences, as well as UK agriculture and farming practices. Even if you don't know (or care) who Alex James is, it's still a pretty interesting read.

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Realblonde Realblonde 9 years
I think turning your back on vegetarianism is discusting. I bet you hipocrites say you "love animals" and then go and eat one. People that eat meat make me very sad, i look at my animals running and playing and it is beyond me how anyone can end their lives just to fill their greedy gutts'. My animals just love a cuddle,a kiss and a scratch, they are intelligent and respond to love and affection. They give back as much as they get. If more people had the benifit of owning a few farm animals and just sitting with them and interacting with them on their level, maybe more people would choose to be vegetarian. In my opinion we are all equals on this planet.
Food Food 10 years
The word "reformed" is what he actually called himself. I think he's being a little bit cheeky...
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Yeah, the word reformed is a bit off!
katie225 katie225 10 years
i was a vegetarian until i found out how militant and wrong PETA's own practices are. everything that i thought i knew was all of a sudden changed. every reason why i was a vegetarian was given a bad tint by this strange corporation. i always thought that we don't need to eat meat because we aren't surviving in the wild anymore. but we evolved to be the humans we are by eating animal protein, which is really indispensible to us. we are, in reality, living in an urban jungle. now, i haven't been a vegetarian for a few years now. but my whole family still thinks i am. i can't swallow my pride and tell them! lol
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Im 26 and havent eaten any seafood, meat or poultry since I was 5 years old. I love being a vegetarian even though there are a million different definitions for each type of vegetarian. I believe im a Vegamite ( spelling maybe off ) because I eat cheese and egg whites but very little dairy besides that. But nothing that has had a face. And really for no reason , just dont like it.But He does make it seem like it was a disease and now he has beaten it. Its just a lifestyle some people choose.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i don't like this title, "reformed vegetarian". it sounds like he was an alcoholic or something. :(
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I was a vegetarian for 7 years and a vegan for 3. I can't remember the first thoughts I had about switching back to being an omnivore, but I guess deep-down the no-meat no-dairy thing wasn't for me. I still enjoy lentils, tofu, soy milk, etc., but I enjoy it even more mixed with a totally balanced diet which includes meat.
Stacy14878746 Stacy14878746 10 years
I was a srtict vegetarian for 3 years. The 1st thing I ate was bacon (how the hell I lived w/out that I will never know) And then a Prime Rib. I never looked back. I'm from Texas so it was extra wierd for me to be a 'vegtabletarian'. Now, give me a rare filet any day of the week! Yum!
Vannuccia Vannuccia 10 years
I was a vegan for a year, but now I'm back to being a vege. I hate the taste of meat, but for some reason I can't resist a Big Mac ;) (I have one once every year or so). I bet he felt a bit ill when he first started eating meat after 17 years !
bobfet1 bobfet1 10 years
meat = crazy delicious. Definitely a good thing we don't have to do the dirty work
calamari calamari 10 years
Interesting...Thanks for the link yum, makes me happy I can buy my food in nice clean little containers
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