I recently saw this documentary called Meet your Meat on YouTube, which got the vegetarian inside of me to yell and scream. I've been vegetarian for a large part of my life, and more solidly for about the past 4 years.
I mostly argue that my reason for being vegetarian is mostly the ecological impact of growing and distributing meat- grow grains to feed the cows/hens/sheep/pigs to feed the human and all the CO2 the animals emit themselves. However, after watching this I found it difficult not to feel a little bit more vindicated for not being in the torturous slaughtering process that is the life of a meat eater.
I'm not sure if the conditions are the same in Australia and I'm guessing the makers were selective about what they put into this documentary, but regardless, no one should be subject to this. Animals need not be bred and suffer so painfully just to die, right at the moment we decide them to.
Also, I'm thinking of getting a pet chicken but am unsure about how that would go in inner-city Melbourne... any thoughts?