My Reasons for Being a Vegetarian

Inspirational Vegetarian Story by Richa BansalBy : Richa Bansal

I was born in India and came to this country with my family at age 11.  I have always been a vegetarian and am repulsed at the thought of eating an animal; bird or an insect.   It seems barbaric to me.  It is hard to share a table while seated in a group where someone is enjoying a non-veg meal.  Even my family makes fun of me as I cannot even eat in the same plate or use cutlery if it had touched meat.  I gag and throw up if I come across those incidences.  I often feel that I am surrounded by aliens, who have taken over earth and true earthlings (us vegetarians) are a scare species.

Few things that astonish me the most about non-vegetarians are:

  • How can they be pet lovers and yet they butcher animals/ birds/ insects and cook them to create a what they call a delicious meal.

  • How can they watch Bambi with kids yet they consider eating Deer meat (or like) a delicacy -- Are they not confusing their children?

  • Thanksgiving celebration is the worst -- How can one feel comfort in celebrating any day by killing & cooking anyone or anything!!

  • Hunting / Fishing are also hard for me to understand -- Do people not feel any pain as they watch an animal/bird cry and tremble!!

I am glad to see more and more vegetarians.  I realize some convert due to health benefits but I light up when I come across someone who has chosen to be a vegetarian for humane reasons.  Lately, it has been especially nice to see stars and politicians (who are healthy and look robust) promoting vegetarian diets.

Hope this is worth sharing.  Currently other than my family I am surrounded by non-vegetarians.  I have just discovered this group and have not made it to any events or meetings.  I hope to meet you all someday.

PS. If every one of us inspired ONE person to go meatless imagine the difference we could make in ten years time. I am going to collect inspirational vegetarian/vegan stories to share with everyone. If you think your story will inspire others, please share with me by sending it to I will post your stories on this blog. I believe everyone has his/her own story, I think it must be great when we can share our stories and inspire others. Let’s make the world a better place. ~ Xiao Kang.

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