I love meat.
I salivate when I get near the butcher meat aisle in supermarkets.
I am on first name terms with my local butchers.
I eat meat from bits of animals bodies that you probably would blanche to feed to your dog.
I adore it all.
Yet I'm giving it all up - why?
Good meat is expensive. But it's not because of the money.
The simple truth is that I had an ethical epiphany. Which is not easy to say with your teeth in.
I am the owner (well, more truthfully SLAVE) to a retired racing greyhound and I am keen to support charities that look for homes for these wonderful, docile darlings. A few months ago I learned that dogs from Australia were being flown out to Macau to race in a place called the Canidrome.
And when the dogs are injured or no longer up to speed, they end up in the meat industry.
I was appalled.
And yet immediately stricken by the double standard that I was living:
My dog is sacred to me, but in other cultures, they're no different to how we see cattle in ours.
I could no longer square my eating of animals with my ethics.
So I have stopped. Hopefully for good, but blogging for a year to see whether I can truly embrace the philosophy.
But it feels good to look a lamb in the eye and say 'I don't eat you.'