little butterfly. Life is precious
no matter how big or small.
So why did you become
That's a question I see posted
on many vegan blogs and websites. The answer
is always very similar, for the
love of the animals. Sometimes
people may have food phobias as well. Or for
example, someone might tolerate fish but not
red meat, or just eggs and dairy but not meat
or fish. Or they would eat meat from a supermarket
but would never have the heart to kill a cow
for its meat. People's choices vary greatly.
I've even read things like, I'm vegan but
I eat pizza ocasionally... well, then you
are still a vegetarian, but with vegan tendencies!
[mom, me and older sister]
Love for the animals
was indeed, without realizing, a main reason
why I gravitated towards veganism.
Since family tried tricking me and hiding
pieces of meat, fish, and dairy in my food,
so I must confess I also developed a food
phobia. So unless I can identify every single
ingredient on the plate, eating the food is
not an option! And since mushrooms are chewy
and sometimes look like pieces of meat when
chopped, I even request "no mushrooms
please" when eating out. I'm just funny
like that, lol. :)
But hey, being a visual person
and growing up in Brazil had many downsides.
From witnessing chicken heads being cut off
to cows getting killed and hanged upside down...
you know what, I'll stop here, can't even
think about it to write about it! geezzz
Moving on... this cute little
story taught me how precious life really is.
No matter how big or small the animal might
be, even a little butterfly has a little soul!
Here is the story:
little butterfly in the Sun
playing in the yard I noticed my sister
and cousin kicking mud under a tree.
I ran to see what was going on when
I noticed a little butterfly trying
to escape while they continously kicked
and threw mud at her.
of the pool where I guarded
the lil butterfly
immediately pushed the other kids
back with both hands and said: Go
away! Stop it! Then
quickly grabbed the little butterfly
and ran to the pool to give it a shower.
We sat by the pool while I carefully
watched and made sure no one would
mess with her again, while
allowing her wings to dry before she
could fly again.
so she did! She started moving her
wings and setting herself free. What
a fun and happy moment it was! Then
as I got up to leave, I noticed the
little butterfly following me. She
kept following me around the yard
that day and I felt a little scare.
I screamed: Mom, mom, why is she following
me around? Mom said:
She is trying to say Thank You Ursula!
She is saying Thank you to you!
mom told me :)
butterfly taught me a big lesson!
In fact, have
you heard some people say: Oh I don't
eat meat, but fish or white meat is ok! Well,
even the little fish has a soul as well. At
the same time, animals eat other animals,
and that's nature and natural also. I just
don't vibe with the suffering us humans put
the animals through, like the cruel stories
I read on PETA's website for example - they
are hard to understand.
Here is a
final thought: Same cultures in India
eat cow meat after that cow naturally died
of age, then and only then, they eat it and
use its flesh for leather.
There is enough suffering in the world right
now. Let's be respectful and kind to all life.
Big or small! wishing you love and happiness,
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