Waylon Lewis was inspired to become vegetarian because of this. What made / makes you want to give up eating flesh?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 16, 2010
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Chicken Truck.

Or, why I became vegetarian for a time when I was a boy.

One day, riding my horse Prancing Star, I came across a chicken truck. Hundreds of chickens, tightly packed in stacked cages, half of them dead, the alive ones freaking out. Horrific.

And those are the lucky ones—the chickens who don’t get dumpstered.

Bottom photo via Treehugger:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Waylon Lewis was inspired to become vegetarian because of this. What made / makes you want to give up eating flesh?”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Katie Stueve ‎"May All Be Fed" by John Robbins

    Marsha Vaughn Cutting up a raw chicken one night and noticing that it looked like a human baby! That was that!

  2. Lisa Ellis says:

    I am a nursing major and all my life I grew up around wildlife(my dad is a biology teacher). As I got older and watched wildlife shows I learned how similiar animals and humans are. Thats when I knew I would never eat meat from a slaughter house again. At home its rough because my dad eats nothing but meat, but at college I drink soy milk and eat eggs from my roommates house where the chickens are allowed to run around all they want. Naturally they expell more eggs then my roommate even knows what to do with! I am lucky and get to eat them 🙂

  3. Rachael says:

    Worth watching, for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike: "The Good Slaughter: A Proud Meat Cutter Shares His Processing Floor": http://vimeo.com/22077752

  4. Sue says:

    I hate to admit this, but 12 years ago I became a vegetarian for "my health" and now that reason feels so selfish to me. I always told people that I was not a vegetarian for moral or ethical reasons,I just wanted to be healthy… like many others, I put blinders on and wouldn't allow myself to realize the horrors that are going on… I don't think my mind was ready to grasp it, so I was a vegetarian for 3 years and went back to my meat eating ways for the next 10 years…I have now been a vegetarian/vegan for 2 years and my reasons are fully realized to me… Our animals are disrespected, tortured and for me personally, I feel that if I choose to eat meat, fish, or poultry then I am no better than those who mistreat, torture and kill them… I try to educate my family and friends and do not judge them for their diets, I just hope and pray that someday they will take their blinders off.