My sister constantly makes fun of me for eating so much cheese. One of her favorite memories to laugh at is a dinner at the Cheesecake Factory when I ordered fried macaroni & cheese balls for an appetizer, 4-cheese pasta for an entree, and then joked about ordering some cheese water to drink. Because cheese is clearly one of my favorite foods, I do not know what I was thinking when I decided that I would go vegan for the week. I’ve had slip-ups on various other non-vegan foods: cookies, yogurt, garlic bread, but I have yet to accidentally eat cheese. Every time I see some, my mind screams, “NO CHEESE”.
This week has made me wonder: why go cheese-less? Coincidentally, I am in the process of writing a research paper for my Communities of Hate class for which I chose to research the overlaps between the treatment of animals in modern day CAFOs and the treatment of Jews in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. So where better to start than a gruesome book which goes into detail about how each animal is slaughtered? In Mark H. Bernsteins book Without a Tear: Our Tragic Relationship with Animals, I had the wonderful opportunity to read about cattle being fed blood (Bernstein, 95) and chicken’s being debeaked (Bernstein, 108). I suppose that this book has come at the perfect time, and has given me a valid and heartbreaking reason as to why I am sacrificing my beloved cheese for the week.
Bernstein, Mark H. Without a Tear: Our Tragic Relationship with Animals. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.