Vegetarian Ate One Burger And Became A Butcher
This woman now has a completely different lifestyle.
The 49-year-old woman, Tammi Jonas, became a vegetarian in the seventies after reading a book about how badly animals were treated on farms.
However, when she was pregnant with her third child, she became dangerously anemic. This made her taste meat for the first time in 10 years.
"I was at work one day and just thought: 'a burger would fix this'," she told 10 Daily.
The Australian didn't stop after that one burger.
"I went back to red meat, so beef and lamb, once a week throughout the pregnancy, and it was some years longer before I had any pork or poultry.
I never thought it was immoral to take an animal's life for food - I've always been comfortable with my place in the food chain, but I thought it was immoral to treat [animals] cruelly, to not allow them to go outside and breathe fresh air and to be confined in crowds in sheds."
She and her husband took meat-eating to the next level and decided to make a living from farming. Only it would be on a small scale, and they'd focus on treating animals properly and ethically.
On her website, she explains:
"My journey from mindless industrial eater to vegetarian to ethical omnivore led me all the way to become a pig farmer to contribute to the growing movement to get pigs and poultry back out of sheds and onto paddocks.
We now grow, butcher and cure all of our meat, and serve 80 households from our thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm."
Her farm uses ethical and holistic practices, they don't use any harmful chemicals, and the animals are free to live as if they weren't on a farm.
"Some people will draw an ethical line that killing is bad. But I don't believe that - I don't think killing an animal for consumption is unethical if it had a good life."