It’s not a perfect world, but we feel that if you can live and eat ethically, you won’t put on too much weight and you’ll be happier.
We can’t prove this scientifically, but we can say it works for us. My wife Helen and I have been ‘fishetarians’ for 35 years now and our weights are pretty much the same as when we started.
So why should we try to eat ethically?
Because by reducing to a minimum our part in causing unnecessary suffering to animals, and to the planet, we can feel better about ourselves and life generally.
The problem, as Peter Singer and Jim Mason describe in their book ‘The Way We Eat,’ is that industrial agriculture denies animals even a minimally decent life.
They point out that tens of billions of chickens never go outdoors. They are bred to have voracious appetites and gain weight as fast as possible, then reared in sheds that can hold more than 20,000 birds. The level of ammonia in the air from their accumulated droppings stings the eye and hurts the lungs.
Singer and Mason say ‘Conditions are, if anything, even worse for laying hens crammed into wire cages so small that even if there were just one per cage, it would be unable to stretch its wings. But there are usually at least four hens per cage, and often more.
‘In factory farms for pigs, pregnant sows are kept in crates so narrow that they cannot turn around, or even walk more than a step forward or backward. They lie on bare concrete without straw or any other form of bedding.’
This is a nightmare concentration camp world created entirely by humans. It’s not right and we must try to end it.
As we gradually do this – hopefully – we will gain inner peace of mind.
As Singer and Mason say: “As consumers, we have the power — and the moral obligation — to refuse to support farming methods that are cruel to animals and bad for us.”
So our moral is: ‘Eat good, feel good, look good.’