Then, I moved to Alaska in 2010 and saw the lack of resources. It was impossible for me to be a vegetarian living in the Bush. There was no milk of any kind (powdered-only), no vegetables, no fruit, and generally not a whole lot to choose from. It took up 4-6 weeks for mail to arrive so ordering fresh food online wasn't even an option. If food wasn't at the general store (and it almost never was), I didn't eat it. So, while living in the Bush I ate fish, but only fish that I, or another villager, caught. I chose to only eat locally caught fish by people that I knew because it allowed me to know who/what/when/where and that the person respected the animal.
|Catching Dinner, 2010.|
So, while I am still not a meat-eater, my views have evolved after living in such a remote area of the world. I learned that my lifestyle is actually impossible in some corners of the world (at least I found no other alternative). In Juneau the vegetarian options are readily available (thankfully). But, I still believe that Alaskans as a whole are a subsistence people who rely on hunting, fishing, and trapping to sustain themselves throughout the year. They respect animals, they recognize that they are not the top of the food chain, and they hunt for survival. This is simply their way of life and I respect them so much for this.
|The Dolly that I caught under JD Bridge.|
Do vegetarians go fishing? This one did! I decided that I would try it out as long as we wasted none of the meat…and that is exactly what we did. Cody plans to catch enough fish and other game to sustain himself this winter without store bought meat. If I can contribute to the decline of factory farming through this route than I have decided that I will try it. So, here are some pictures of my fishing adventures (as a vegetarian). Enjoy:)
Are you a vegetarian? Why or why not?
What choice would you have made in my position?
Do you enjoy fishing, hunting, trapping, or gathering?