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From: Atosa Roshan (
Subject:         Because of Fish and Halal Meat
Date: August 18, 2005 at 9:28 pm PST

I was raised in the North Of Iran, by the southern coast of the Caspian Sea which is pretty much known for its caviar, etc. One of the main industries of that area is (unfortunately) fishing. :o(
My mom used to fry fish, then cut it into small pieces and feed it to me with rice, so of course I had no idea what it was and where it came from. I was maybe about 4 years old.
One day as I walked into the kitchen I smelled something really stinky. Then I was forrified to see this gutted fish with bloody and smelly stuff beside it. I asked Mom! What are you doing? She said well I am preparing and cleaning the fish for dinner, hon.
I said no mom you are wrong (I always thought I knew better than everyone!)... This is NOT the fish we should eat... This is the fish that swims in the sea. She said well sweety they are one and the same thing.
I was soooooooooo shocked! I could never really eat fish again.
I still ate meat. Of course as I grew older I found out where meat comes from but I guess like many others, I never thought about it until one day I saw a sheep slaughtered the islamic way (agonizingly painful: their throat is cut with a sharp knife while they are still alive and struggling and crying in pain. I think Kosher slaughter is similar?). That made me think a lot but of course you are always under a lot of social and family pressure and you can never really have the space to think ot choose and not look weird and FEEL weird about it yourself.
Occasionally (and more frequently with time) I just couldn't eat meat, espcially if when eating I pictured the whole, living animal in front of n on my plate. Once I tried becoming a vegetarian but it didn't last for more than a month: I got dizziness and felt week so I convinced myself that eating meat was better or me.
Recently the repulsion at eating meat became so strong that I just couldn't eat any meat. I searched for sites sharing my feelings and found PETA.ORG and read a lot in their site and elsewhere. It all convinced me even more and I don't think I will touch meat in my life ever again even if I die of hunger! Just imagine the pain every animal goes through... the fact that before slaughter, they hide behind each other and pee on themselves from fear of pain and being hurt. I am a teacher and I preach that "bullying is wrong". How can I do that while eating meat? Isn't meat-eating the worst form of bullying and violence against animals? I think that we humans are sophisticated enough and we have passed our predatory stage. We don't need meet. That primitive form of life (including hunting) is way beyond us. It doesn't fit into the 21st century anymore!
Thanks for reading!

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