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We're Hurting Our Dinner by MATTROSENART We're Hurting Our Dinner by MATTROSENART
This is part of my the collection I'm dedicating to my girlfriend Emily, she is very into the environment and helping the world, and I'm going to help her spread her message! Happy 6 month

I'll let Em write more about this when she gets back :-)

My Girlfriend just wrote the caption for this:


The beginning of my change in eating habits began when I was 11. I remember that day very vividly. I was on vacation in Germany with my family and, because I couldnít speak or read German, my mom had been ordering my food all week. I loved everything until I asked what it was. When my parents told me that veal was the nice word for baby cow, I refused to eat another bite.

Steak, hamburgers, pork, veal, hotdogs and meatballs were the first things to go. Bacon was the last red meat to go because, letís be honest, itís delicious. Since then, I became more and more aware of, and more and more concerned with what I was eating. First, I didnít want to eat red meat because I think cows and pigs are cute, but then I started to read about how they were raised and how horribly we were treating them and it quickly became an issue I was passionate about. I immediately signed up for email updates from the Humane Society, the ASPCA, and others.

At first I thought I was doing the right thing by giving up red meat and continuing to eat chicken so I would still get all my protein. But after a couple months of those emails and reading books by Michal Pollan, I learned that what I was doing was not good enough. Thatís when I went full-fledged vegetarian. A little while down the road, one of my teachers showed PETAís ďMeat Your Meat.Ē If youíve watched that short film, you will understand that I was a vegan for a solid three weeks after seeing that. I actually had to close my eyes and plug my ears because it was so horrible. Seeing pictures of the way we abuse animals is one thing; watching it happen is completely different. During that film you can hear the animals being mistreated, watch them struggle and suffer, and see the people doing this who just donít care. I watched this after years of reading about these issues and it still had this horrible effect on me.

Thatís the problem though. The first problem is that people donít know that this is going on. The second problem is that videos like ďMeat Your MeatĒ are so horrible that nobody wants to watch them. Very few people would sit down and watch that voluntarily and those who would probably already know whatís going on. Things are so bad that people just donít want to know anything. They would rather live in a blissful ignorance then learn how bad things really are. There has to be a way of informing without scaring. We need teach without turning people away.

For those of you who havenít seen the video, this is what you would learn: we cram six or seven egg-laying hens into one cage about the size of a file drawer; we castrate cattle, rip off their horns, and brand them, all without anesthetic; dairy cows give birth and their newborn calves are stolen from them right away; these calves are sent to veal farms and locked up in pens where they canít move; chickens are injected with growth hormones that cause them to grow so fast that their hearts and lungs canít keep up and their legs break from trying to support the unnatural weight; chickensí and turkeysí beaks are seared or cut off without anesthetic; mother pigs are locked in gestation crates that are barely big enough for them and they cannot turn around or lie down. Thereís even more horrible information crammed into the 13 minute movie and you can imagine that if reading those things sounds bad, hearing them sounds even worse.

My family was really supportive and we experimented with tofu and other non-meat options. That was okay for a little while, but humans are omnivores. Itís unnatural to cut meat and other animal products out of our diets because we're made to eat those things. Thatís why I decided I needed another solution. I started to research humanely raised meat and found Certified Humane Raised and Handled brands in my local grocery store. Humanely raised meat isnít easy to find and itís always more expensive but it is worth the time and money. For me, it means I can eat chicken without feeling horribly guilty and I can make scrambled eggs without regret. The Certified Humane Raised and Handled program requires that farms and meat production be monitored. They monitor the way the animals are raised, the way they are slaughtered, and the way they are processed and packaged. It is endorsed by the Humane Society and the ASPCA.

For a while, my family was ordering chicken and other meat from a farm in New York but then a Whole Foods opened up right in town. Whole Foods has become my newest and most successful solution because all meat sold in their stores has to meet their Whole Foods Natural Meat Quality Standards and Animal Compassionate Standards.

This works for me, my family, and my friends, but itís not enough. The biggest problem is a lack of awareness in the general public and that is why my wonderful boyfriend made this picture. By putting this picture on the web, the message is finding its way to more people then I would have ever been able to reach on my own.
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xXChemical-KittenXx Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Finally! Someone talking about this on dA! I totally agree, how they treat the animals is disgusting! I'll spread the word!
Best Wishes
~Amelia
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InvisibleMaskGirl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I'm sorry but that particular piece of meat just looks so good.
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Leonardosbabygirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Emily,
I love your enthusiasm about something that you so strongly believe in, but I have to ask, have you ever been to a farm or do you only use information you've seen in videos by PETA (or similar groups)? I know there are probably inhumane farms out there, but most of us aren't like that. I do happen to live on a farm and we do raise cattle for beef and we are nothing what PETA portrays us as a whole to be. :( I can't honestly say much about anything but beef livestock farms, but we did have some chickens and hogs at one point in time. I really think you should check out some agriculture/livestock websites ([link] [link] [link]) and get good info about both sides. I'm not trying to contradict what you are supporting (and sorry for the rediculously long comment ^^;) , I just wanted to give you the view of a farmer. :) Have a good day and God bless.
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Leonardosbabygirl- I sent Em your response and here's what she wrote, have a great day and thanks for checking out my artwork!

I would never rely completely on information from a group like PETA. There video may have scared me enough into trying to be a vegan, but even when I saw it, there were out-dated facts. They are also the group that filed a formal complaint against the President for killing a fly, so I recognize that they are extreme and try to force change by scaring people. I don't agree with their methods, but it doesn't change the fact that there are many factory farms out there that care only about profit and not at all about the welfare of their livestock. Also, nothing can change the fact that cows aren't supposed to eat corn, and not only is it bad for them, it's bad for us too!
Anyway, it sounds like you work with a farm that actually respects animals, and I'm impressed and happy to hear it. I also appreciate the links; I started to look through the first one and it's definitely different than anything I've seen on environmentalist websites!
Thanks for reading :)
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Leonardosbabygirl Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to see that you're at least looking at both sides, and I totally agree that there are plenty of commercial farms out there that do things the wrong way. That's why I'm proud to live on a small farm. ;)
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Octocolombus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great way to show the issue I think...
I totally agree ! :)
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ryspoon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
this is amazing ! :noes:
<3
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:iconmattrosenart:
MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-D
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give-me-a-name Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
really cool idea! :D
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU :-D <3 I'm glad u enjoyed it
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yourallgnnadie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where can I watch Meat Your Meat?
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it's www.meetyourmeat.com
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yourallgnnadie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem :-D
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JacquiJax Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
ahwwwwwww
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
;-)
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Eyes-Unblinded Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Does your G-friend know any brands of kosher meat? I'd like to buy and eat something natural for a change, but I'm not sure what companies to trust.
P.S- If you don't know, kosher basically means humainly raised meat.
Thank you.
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I'm Jewish so i def know what kosher meat is.

Just go to a kosher deli and see what they have :-D
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Eyes-Unblinded Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks man.
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No problemo buddy
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Velzikri Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I TOTALLY agree with your girlfriend! And I'm SOOOO happy I finally see someone thinks the same! <33333 ;7; The experience was just the same in my case :3
It's not about eating or not eating animal related products, but the way we obtain them!
The only kind of meat I never ever eat, don't mind how it is obtained, are baby animals :V
And still I can't find drinking milk "normal" (seriously? We are the only mammals that keep having milk as adults, and it's not even from our own species! :I) Soy for teh win~ |D

BTW, I really like the concept and the message! ovo
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just got an email from my gf (She's studying abroad this semester so i fowarded what you wrote :-D)

"You're right too..that was well said, it's not about what we eat, it's about the way we do it."

I'm so happy that you could relate to this picture- it makes this all the worth while :-)
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Jeannieblue Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this fabulous piece of your work @ [link]
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow Thank you! I feel so honored! :-D
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NightWolf7272 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
lolz
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:-D
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MyRepentance Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
There is room for ALL of Gods creatures, right next to the potatoes.

If animals aren't to be eaten, why are they made of meat?
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree- Yum yum. That's not what this is about. It's about WHAT we're doing to the meat. With chemicals and hormones.

And screw the potatoes... French fries are the way to go hahaah :-D
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MyRepentance Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Noted. And I agree, there is much to be wary of in big business meats. I like mom and pop farmed meat much better.
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed! :-D
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O-ph-3-l-i-A Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor cow :(
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:-(
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sumangal16 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
I m veg

i don't eat any animals


the cow although sad looks very cute
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks you! I wanted to make the cow super cute so people would feel bad :-)
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mrkillzo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
d'awww...........O_____O"


i could just eat it all up! >:3

great XD
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, I'm upset that I had to put it on the paint... Really wanted to eat that lol
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mrkillzo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
bah ha ha ha! >:3 we humans are truely evil , even when we set good examples XD
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's Just too damn delicious! I mean, my gf is all into the healthy idea- So she likes when I get my meat from whole foods- I can't tell the difference but It's healthier and the animals lived a longer life. BUTTTTT at the end of the day- I can't resist a bacon cheeseburger hahaha
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mrkillzo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
totaly =D
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merpagigglesnort Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
how creative! happy anniversary!!! that's very exciting. :) we had our 16th year anniversary in july!

emily has probably read these books, but you or she might be interested....

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals also by michael pollan.

they were very eye opening for us. my husband and i both read them and became very interested in local, seasonal, sustainable, organic agriculture. now we buy at least half of our food from farmer's markets. we eat as little processed food as possible. i actually ended up with low sodium levels (which mess you up) because i never ate processed foods and only go out to eat every once in awhile. i had to drink gatorade--barf! i had to dilute it so much to be able to get it down my throat that i don't think it helped very much. i finally gave up and started putting salt on my food. lol! we both lost a lot of weight and my blood pressure problem went away.

:)
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I'm sure she has/ would love to read it! She is studying abroad this semester so when I talk to her next I'll ask ;-)

That's cool about it lowering your blood pressure!
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merpagigglesnort Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks! if you don't mind, i've just bought myself a premium membership (yay!) and i'm asking people whose artistic vision i respect to look through and give me a critique or two, i like to know in more detail how other artists feel about it. anything in the gallery is up for criticism--i have 160 things in there, so it's taking me a bit (arghhhh!!) to go back and ask for critiques on them all. but if you have time, stop by and let me know what you think i could do better and such.... thanks! :)

that must be tough having her gone for so long! i hope it doesn't bum you out too much. do you get to talk or text or whatever a lot?
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I will only ever give positive feedback- Sorry... lol I'm a psychology and Human and social development major- I only want to give positivity :-) I'll try though if I really have something to say lol

She's gone for another 9 weeks. 3 months total... But it's okay- We email a bunch of times a day and It gives me way more time to work on my art. Hell, I know- When she gets back I will NOT be doing this much art haha
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merpagigglesnort Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
hahahaha! well, just do it if you feel like it! i won't be overly disappointed if you don't say anything negative! lol. :)

it's great to have more time. that's why i don't sleep. NOT!!! lol!

where is she?
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:iconmattrosenart:
MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
She's at Semester at sea- so she's around the world, a different place all the time
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merpagigglesnort Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
that sounds like a lot of fun. what an opportunity! is she studying something like marine biology or oceanography? :)
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My girlfriend, Emily, just emailed me her caption to put under the picture and I just added it. I figured you would enjoy reading it :-D
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You nailed it!
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halebopp96 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
AMAZING!!!
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MATTROSENART Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
THANKS! :-D I'm so happy you still get to see my work! :-)
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