I have been a vegetarian, by choice, since I was nine years old. I stopped eating meat because I didn’t like the way animals are treated before they are killed.
It is ironic that I have a niche business on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The business is titled ‘This Little Piggy Went to Market’. I buy pigs, feed and grow them, then slaughter, butcher and sell the pieces.
Living in South Africa has been a real test of my commitment to vegetarianism. Many people don’t understand it and others believe they wouldn’t live without meat. A traditional get together on a weekend, instead of our American barbeques, is a braai (pronounced br, roll ‘r’ if possible,-eye). This meal normally consists of meat and little else.
Where I live, people are going to eat meat. As I am not a fan of factory raised animals, I’d like to give my clients the best alternative. I provide them with a ‘free range’, cheaper version of what they would buy from the shop. The meat sold in the shop is provided by slaughterhouses whose practices I detest. The fact the pigs had a good life, were treated well, had proper nourishment and are healthy is a practice my business proudly proclaims.
This business is helpful to people who can’t get to shops regularly, reduces the dependency on factory/slaughterhouse practices and helps me pay my bills.