Thanks for joining me while I try to do my part to help the planet.
I have been vegetarian since 2017. I made the decision to become vegetarian after returning from a safari holiday where you could go out and see animals in their natural habitat during the day then go to a restaurant and order them from a menu at night. At the time, I was a meat-eater and very adventurous with food so I didn’t really give it much thought.
The accommodation was called the Hippo Lodge and I ordered a Hippo Special Wrap. After eating it, I came to the realisation that it was made from hippo meat and was not simply named after the place I was staying – call me naïve. I hadn’t realised there was a possibility of it being hippo meat as I believed the animal was endangered and therefore would be illegal to hunt. After some googling, I discovered that in some areas it is not illegal despite the WWF’s status of the animal being vulnerable. This shocked me as it brought home the complete disregard that the human race has towards the existence and protection of the planet’s creatures. It has been estimated that under 150,000 hippos remain in the wild as a result of poaching and habitat loss although stricter regulation has been imposed which may help prevent their population decreasing further.
When I returned to the UK, my growing guilt at consuming Africa’s wildlife made me decide that I would be vegetarian for at least a month. It has been almost two years and I have not had any meat products since. Becoming vegetarian has caused me to be more conscious of my impact on the environment and, for this reason, I have recently considered veganism.
I have started this blog as a way of sharing my progress in the hope that it will motivate me (and maybe others) into being more eco-conscious and environmentally friendly. After all, if we don’t take the steps now to help our planet then our future generations will not have a planet to help.
“Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden