Vegetarian Ate One Burger and Became a Butcher

Are you a vegetarian? Have you ever come close to a kind of relapse? Late nights, hungover mornings, or just general cravings? We’re all human at the end of the day and it’s how we’ve been brought up.

Sometimes urges get the better of us. Sometimes a Linda McCartney sausage just isn’t good enough.

Take Tammi Jonas, 49, for instance. The Australian native became vegetarian in the 1970s after reading a book on animal farming.

One day, feeling “dangerously anaemic,” Tamm had her first taste of meat in 10 years. The rest was history.

She told 10 daily: “I was at work one day and just thought: ‘a burger would fix this’.” She was right, because she never turned back.

Tammi went on: “I went back to red meat, so beef and lamb, once a week throughout the pregnancy, and it was some years longer before I had any pork or poultry.

“I never thought it was immoral to take an animal’s life for food – I’ve always been comfortable with my place in the food chain, but I thought it was immoral to treat [animals] cruelly, to not allow them to go outside and breathe fresh air and to be confined in crowds in sheds.”


Tammi and husband Stuart subsequently realized they could make a living from small-scale farming, hoping to treat animals ethically.

On her website, Tammi writes: “My journey from mindless industrial eater to vegetarian to ethical omnivore led me all the way to become a pig farmer to contribute to the growing movement to get pigs and poultry back out of sheds and onto paddocks.

“We now grow, butcher and cure all of our meat, and serve 80 households from our thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm.”

Hypocrite or just plain sensible?

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