American Meat Eaters Through the Eyes of an Asian Vegetarian
The first time I oame to America, I was so excited about my trip. Everything I saw was so magnificent and miraculous.
I felt as if I were leading a colorful lifestyle and having the American cultural experience that I had never had before. I thought I was fortunate to be in the United States. When I saw Manhattan, one of the greatest cities in the world, and the view of the Statue of Liberty, I was even more thrilled than on my first trip to Europe.
I had not really realized that I had landed in the world of the opportunity. Gradually, I came to know that America was one of the world’s most wide-open spaces, just like an open sky where everyone could attempt to grasp a favorite temptation.
Ironically, however, there was something beyond that I could not understand. Why were so many animals put to death in restaurants, markets, and factories, and so on in the United States? This contradiction confused and pained me. Americans seemed to be eating meat like eagles addicted to the flesh. I felt that I should fight for or help to support the right of animals to be free from being slaughtered.
I want to explore the fascinating topic of American meat eaters through the eyes of an Asian vegetarian. My guess is that most Americans do not have much of an idea of what happens before their meat arrives in the super market or at a McDonald's. On many American farms and farm industries, millions of animals’ lives have put to death in order to have meat to eat and for other purposes.
Eating meat in American culture is equal to having good health because most American believes animal meat gives them tremendous energy and protein. For instance, my American friend always gets worried about my health. He believes that I will not have good health because of not having meat.
Some Americans have an image that animals cannot feel a sense of pain because they lack a soul. Animals are given to people as a gift by a god to have a good feast. American religions use meat for religious practice. For example, American Indians use the animal flesh to please their deity or spirit.
I found out American animal farming was comparatively newer than European, and no other country raises and kills more animals for meat than American farming does. In contrast, I do not think meat is necessary to have in American culture because there are many Americans who do not sacrifice animals, and protect their dignity. Even today in some American religions, the priest sprinkles holy water on the sacrificed animals’ brow, which shows a sense of love and compassion.
I do not eat meat, I do have an experience that eating meat does not truly give good health because there are many growers who give their animals chemicals that cause Americans to suffer from cancer, often caused by eating meat.My intention is to find out more information about meat in the daily life of the American people. Why do Americans eat meat regularly, and when did Americans start to eat meat? Is the super-market’s meat safe for people to eat or not? Why do American farming industries want to add antibiotics to the animals that end up in the meat? What are the causes and the effects of eating antibiotic treated animals? How many animals have been put to death in American industries? Do Americans eat a variety of meat or not? If yes, why was it necessary to choose turkey on Thanksgiving Day? Do Americans believe in animals’ rights? Some people think they need meat to survive, is that a good reason for Americans to eat meat? Do American people expect to become vegetarians or not?
In order to get these questions answered, I will use websites, vegetarian books, organic consumers associations, animal farming owners, magazines, and spiritual books. Generally, where there are American restaurants, there is plenty of meat there, so I will go to introduce myself to them, and the most important information is to learn from the animal veterinary doctors.
With this exploration, my intention is to lead people to understand animal suffering and to protect animals from being slaughtered. I will also explore sharing my feelings in American culture; how someone can become vegetarian. Finally, when I explore this fascinating topic of American meat eaters through the eyes of an Asian vegetarian, people would learn something meaningful, and to love all living things as Americans love their pets.