A few years ago I prepared a list and discovered there were literally thousands of animals I didn't eat. . . . . . dogs or cats, bears or bats, tigers or turtles, horses or hamsters, rosellas or rats.
Nor did I drink the milk of dogs, donkeys, giraffes, or cats.
I decided to go only five animals more. . . . I simply added cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and fish to the list.
It was a breeze.
I didn't crave lamb any more than I craved lion; I didn't miss beef any more than I missed bandicoots. I didn't miss chicken any more than I missed cheetah. I didn't miss pork any more than I missed porcupine.
I replaced dead animals with an astounding variety of colourful, delicious and healthy plant foods.
And I feel better for it. I sleep peacefully and deeply. I now have boundless energy, more than people half my age.
My memory has improved rapidly. I remember what an unexamined life I had lived.
And I care for all living things more deeply. Frankly, I didn't know what I had been missing.
My greatest regret in life was that I did not do this from the start.
It occurred to me that when I die I would like the chapel to be filled with people I have loved. Not the tortured souls of animals I have killed.
Adding only five animals to an already huge list was the easiest (and wisest) thing I ever did.
Try it. You won't regret it. The planet will thank you for it.
And the farmers, the taxpayers and your family will thank you too. (and so will our planet!!!)
Philip Wollen OAM