Emma Kerin, 41, Mum of two, Financial Investigator and Student (Master of Intelligence Analysis)
I vividly remember the day I made the connection between what was on my plate and where it came from. It was traumatic, and I felt so distressed to learn that people ate animals? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In 1988 I stopped eating meat, as I did not want to support the violence, oppression and cruelty. I always had a natural affinity with animals and took care of many homeless ones from a young age. I felt they were innocent, unconditional love, having evolved past human thought constraints. I could see no difference between the animals my family were eating and the ones I was caring for. I keep hope that one day humans will recognise all animals with compassion as kindred spirits, equal souls, and live without hurting them.