I remember distinctly going to Nicaragua on the ISA Junior team, and I know fish is very prevalent in Nicaragua, so I decided to do it. I was sick of people having things to say about me being vegetarian, I just wanted to fit in. It’s funny when I think about it, because I never liked fish. I literally ate it because I just wanted to fit in and not be the picky vegetarian who can’t find anything to order or everyone is concerned about, so now that I think about it it’s funny that I caved in because I was afraid of judgment. But you live and you learn.
While I was eating fish, I stumbled across Behind Glass Walls, a brutal video showing what goes on inside of a slaughterhouse, and I could not handle it. I remember just balling my eyes out for hours, then doing more research, and I couldn’t believe that billions of animals die every single year, when we as humans don’t need animal protein to flourish and thrive. So I just thought it was something that didn’t align with what I wanted to support.