Maybe lots of vegans and vegetarians can pinpoint the exact moment they turned their back on delicious, decadent, wonderful, tasty meat.
Maybe many have no idea, or it was a gradual transition, but Moby knows the EXACT moment he swore off meat.
The year was 1985, the same year Back To The Future came out, and a 19-year-old Moby was sitting with his 9-year-old cat Tucker that he personally rescued from a garbage dump.
Moby saved his life and they've been best friends ever since.
So on that day Moby was sitting in a sunbeam with his best kitty friend Tucker, he had an epiphany. He said:
"It was a perfect moment, boy and cat and sun, idyllic and warm and, as I said: perfect. While sitting there I had an epiphany. And many of my epiphanies are pretty self-evident, so perhaps you'll find this epiphany to be self-evident.
But anyway, here's the epiphany: Sitting on the stairs I thought, "I love this cat. I would do anything to protect him and make him happy and keep him from harm. He has four legs and two eyes and an amazing brain and an incredibly rich emotional life. I would never in a trillion years think of hurting this cat. So why am I eating other animals who have four (or two) legs, two eyes, amazing brains, and rich emotional lives?" And sitting on the stairs in suburban Connecticut with Tucker the cat I became a vegetarian."
And it was as simple as that.
He eventually kept becoming more and more serious about his diet, shunning all animal-based products.
"My reason for becoming a vegetarian was simple: I loved (and love) animals and I don't want to be involved in anything that leads to or contributes to their suffering. At first this led me to give up beef and chicken. Then fish (if you've ever spent time with fish you realize pretty quickly that they feel pain and are much happier not being hooked or speared or netted). Then I thought, "I don't want to contribute to animal suffering. But the cows and chickens in commercial dairy and egg farms are pretty miserable, so why am I still eating milk and eggs?" So in 1987 I gave up all animal products and became a vegan. Simply so that I could eat and live in accordance with my beliefs that animals have their own lives, that they're entitled to their own lives and that contributing to animal suffering is something that I don't want to be a part of."
So Moby just straight up loves animals!! Because of that, he refuses to eat them!
That seems like a pretty good reason to us. Even if burgers can be suuuuuper delicious.
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