Vegetarian Ate One Burger, Got Hooked On Meat And Became A Butcher And Pig Farmer

An Australian mother who lived a vegetarian lifestyle for a decade overhauled her diet during her third pregnancy when she became "dangerously anemic."

49-year-old Tammi Jonas became a vegetarian in the 1970s upon reading a book about the mistreatment of farm animals. Jonas said that she was at work when she realized that a burger would assist her battle against the anemia she was suffering.

She admitted to 10 Daily, "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."

Eventually, she and her husband, Stuart, realized that they could earn a living from small-scale farming while focusing on treating their livestock properly and ethically. Jonas describes her farming practices as holistic and ethical. She explains that there are no harmful chemicals utilized at her farm and that the animals live as if they would if they were not living on a farm.

The modern-day farmer told Daily Mail Australia, “Some people will draw an ethical line that k*illing is bad. But I don't believe that. I don't think k*illing an animal for consumption is unethical if it had a good life.”

Her company’s website details her mission. According to Tammi, “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."

Jonas states on her website that the company now grows, butchers and cures all of their meat, and serves 80 households from their thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm.

Have you ever changed your mindset upon educating yourself on a particular topic? If so, you might understand Tammi’s transition. If you found this interesting, pass this along to your friends and family.

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