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I got into a heated debate with my family again.
Firstly, I told my parents that I do not want to buy leather anymore. Immediately my parents blared at me: "The leather industry will go on anyway even without your support, plus, people eat meat, so there is leather for demand."
In fact, I felt horrible because I bought leather shoes a few weeks ago. I guess I'm a hypocrite? My legs hurt and the shopkeeper recommended the shoes to correct my feet. I asked her if they were made of leather, and she replied, "Yes." I was horrified. I did not want to buy and wanted to flee from the shop, but my parents persuaded me to buy them somehow. I feel like killing myself for throwing my money into the cruel leather industry.
Can I correct my feet without the need for leather?
Secondly, I have a stomach discomfort and my parents blamed them on the tomatoes I ate. In fact, I did not eat much, just a stir-fry with two tomatoes in it. My dad immediately mocked at me: "Tomatoes are laden with chemicals, that's why you are sick!"
I immediately roared back at him:
"IF YOU DON'T WANT CHEMICALS THEN DON'T EAT MEAT! Yes, veggies have chemicals sprayed all over them, but for meat, you feed your livestock with chemical-laden grains and veggies and other stuffs, then you inject them with antibiotics and growth hormones!"
At least I can shut this hardcore meat eater up but my sister said:
"That's why we hate vegetarians. They think they are holy and push their beliefs on us!"
Thirdly, I had a severe stomach pain after eating pasta with tomato sauce which contains cheese in a camp. I did not even know that the cheese was in the sauce at that time. When I told this to mum, she blamed it on the tomatoes and high heat of the sauce.
Fourthly, can I say "NO" to mum whenever she makes cakes? I know that she is well-meaning and I love cakes, but the cakes contain eggs and I want to cut eggs away from my diet. I feel great without eggs for two weeks. Since the camp served eggs and I ate it because I didn't want to waste food, I felt terribly bloated and sick.
I want to buy flaxseed as egg replacement but my mum exclaimed that flaxseed is too expensive. She has no problem buying meat and chemical supplements though.
Now, WHO is pushing beliefs onto who? Killing animals are normal and spreading love and compassion is being pushy. Now I know!