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A Lesson From the Eagle Outside My Window

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eagle-picture-croppedThere is a bald eagle who hangs out in a tree outside my window. I can tell when the eagle is around because my cat, Lucy, makes unique “the eagle has landed” growling sounds from her hiding spot under the couch.

The bald eagle is beautiful and majestic, but I cannot stand to watch him hunt the ducks who I have grown so fond of everyday. These duck families visit my lakeside beach several times a day, and I watch the babies grow from adorable little fuzzy balls through their gawky adolescent stage to full adulthood. It breaks my heart.

But at the same time, it reminds me of a very important lesson. Thankfully, we as humans have the unique ability to make ethical choices when it comes to our food. We are not driven by the law of the jungle, like the eagle is.

Watching the eagle hunt the baby ducks makes me wonder how anybody would ever choose to participate in this type of activity by, for example, ordering roast duck, or any other dead animal, in a restaurant. Have we forgotten that the animals we eat were once babies and part of a family? Don’t we realize how desperately they want to live?

Some people will argue that the example of the eagle hunting his prey is justification for humans eating meat. They say it’s only “natural.” But there is nothing natural about factory farming and the meat industry! And besides, when you really think about it, it simply comes down to one basic question: As humans, we can live very happy, healthy lives eating a plant-based diet that does not harm animals, so why would you choose instead to feed yourself a diet created out of death, cruelty, and abuse?

I am glad that as a human I am an omnivore, not a carnivore. I do not have to kill animals to eat in order to survive. Thankfully, I can choose to eat a compassionate diet, free from violence and cruelty. I have chosen a vegan diet and I know that many of our readers have as well.

For those of you who are not yet vegetarian, I recommend visiting PETA.org, where there are plenty of resources for you to consider.

And thanks to the eagle in my backyard for reminding me how important it is that we humans choose kindness.

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    Rachel says...

    January 13th, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Hi :) reading this made me a little sad because you are right, people can be happy and healthy not eating meat!, yet they choose to still eat it. I am a vegetarian ( finding it hard to become vegan!) and i am the happiest i have ever been when it comes to my decision to not eat meat. I know i have not supported animal slaughter or abuse for 7 years and wish that more people would try the vegetarian diet! Thanks xo

    Ingrid says...

    January 13th, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Yeah, my husband and I have a hard time watching and listening to the owls that have taken up residence in our neighborhood which has lots of big old trees. They are beautiful but they have to hunt to stay alive. The large squirrel population in our yard suddenly (nearly) disappeared and we wondered if the reason behind the decline was the owls feeding their young. But as you say they have no option to do otherwise. We do and we also are darn happy about our choice!

    Pat Bell says...

    January 13th, 2012, 10:29 pm

    Although its hard to swallow, the fact that the predators get their prey, they do it the way it was intended….Humans are the only ones that hunt for sport….The animals in the wild hunt to survive only…..that gives me comfort even though I too hate the idea of seeing an animal die under any circumstances.

    James G. Reynolds says...

    January 13th, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Without a doubt, as humans, we do have a choice as to what we eat and support. I am a avid hiker and enjoy the wilderness and viewing all the creatures there and the peace that it gives me. I am also a vegan and have found many delicious vegan meats in the frozen food section at my grocery store like Amy’s Burgers, Boca’s, morning star chik’n strips, seitan, etc. Some I grill and some is best fried with mushrooms and onions or in a stir-fry. These alternatives to meat taste better and are a healthy, cruelty free alternative.

    Michele says...

    January 14th, 2012, 6:50 am

    Being a Proud Vegan I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the fact that I can practice what I preach and feel good about it. Many friends of mine they don’t get it and they get offended when I tell them don’t eat meat around me it makes me sick. They look at me as if I’m strange for saying this but I don’t care. It’s my right. I don’t miss eating meat period. it’s wrong and it’s unhealthy..

    Violet says...

    January 14th, 2012, 7:14 am

    I am a vegetarian for about 4 years (haven’t touched meat) and I simply cannot bear the thought of contributing in any way to harming or murdering innocent animals. Yes, the eagle lives in the wild he cannot afford a plant based diet thus he does what he can to survive. But us… humans is an entirely different situation. Carnivores have to eat other animals to live, but us we can eat anything so why one would choose to eat something that used to be alive whereas he or she could eat something else?

    Jalayne Faust says...

    January 15th, 2012, 1:17 pm

    I have been a vegan since May of 2011. It really isn’t as hard as you would think.Yes you might have to make a trip to Whole Foods for vegan cheese (which is VERY GOOD by the way).Watch the documentary Forks Over Knives (no animal abuse scenes) just good heath info to become vegan. Another great film is Food Inc.. Just try it! It will make you feel good and feel good about yourself by helping the animals and the eviroment. Also if you like to read then read The Kind Diet. Happy conscious eating!

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