Vincent Berraud, who runs One Step Australia, is talking with a few of the people who have changed what they eat. This is the first interview.
One Step For Animals: Hi Cat! Can I ask you what made you decide to stop eating chicken? What was your motivation?
Cat: The catalyst was looking after our school chooks and developing an understanding of how intelligent and lovely they can be. I then saw a segment of Gourmet Farmer - "For the Love of Meat" - where chickens were being force fed and kept in appalling conditions. Added to that was the realisation that so many more chickens are killed for human consumption than larger animals.
One Step: Since you stopped eating chicken, have you increased eating other meats / animal products?
Cat: No, in fact the opposite. For many years, I haven’t eaten much meat, which actually started because I could barely afford to eat at all. I do still eat beef and occasionally pork, but usually only once every week or two. I rarely eat fish. I foresee giving up meat altogether in the near future.
One Step: What other yummy foods/alternatives have you discovered since not eating chicken?
Cat: One Step introduced me to the Fry’s brand of foods and I think they’re delicious (although I’d like to see more variety in the range). Vincent also kindly let me try the Linda McCartney sausages which have finally become available at one of my local supermarkets which is great!
One Step: What have been the reactions from friends and family?
Cat: Most of my family and friends weren’t too surprised to learn I’d stopped eating chicken as I’d often spoken of my concern at the amount of meat consumed in our society (have you ever noticed that the meat section of the supermarket is around the same size as the fruit and veg section?). They know I look after our school chooks and that I love animals in general.
One Step: Thank you Cat! Would you like to add anything?
Cat: It’s great to see food production companies, restaurants, and even our work administration catering for people who make conscious decisions about what they eat. If there was a greater variety of meat alternatives that had a ‘meaty’ flavour, I think it would be easier for people to move away from eating all meats, not just chicken.