Fish tank turned me into a vegie

LIKE a lot of people, I was appalled when I read the terrible story about what happened to a family's guinea pigs at the hands of people who I cannot come up with a suitable adjective to describe.

Then there was the story about a family's pet pig that met a grisly end.

I won't even try to explain what happened if you missed both of these incidents because it is far too upsetting.

A few days after reading about them I was in Sydney at very high-profile Chinese restaurant with a couple of other blokes.

We were lined up to get in, standing right beside the tanks of live lobsters, crabs and fish.

I was quite hungry and couldn't wait to get a seat and have a good feed when I was struck with a very powerful thought - in fact, a message.

It came from the six or seven red emperor that were huddled together in the corner of the tank staring straight at me as I was standing there waiting for my table.

It was like they were trying to tell me to eat something else. Anything but fish.

I started thinking about the guinea pigs, the pet pig and their sad endings, and decided that while I would never kill anything in that manner, I am a hypocrite for thinking ill thoughts of those who kill things because I am just as bad.

Every day I eat something that God (whoever he or she may be) put breath into.

For the record, I didn't have fish that night and there started my silent little tribute to those family pets that were recently lost by deciding that I would try the vegetarian experience for a few months - in fact, until Christmas Day - to see how I go.

I have never ever contemplated it before and decided there is no point in doing it half-heartedly.

So from October 1 (as boss lady says I have to eat what is in the freezer first) fish, meat and fact anything else with a pulsing heart is safe with me until Christmas Day.

I know some will think I have finally gone over the edge but, seriously, we humans have a lot to be sorry for and if nothing else it might cleanse my soul at least for a brief time.

To quote Bertrand Russell - "To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness".


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