Why Carrie Underwood Stopped Eating Beef

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American
Idol
winner and country singer Carrie
Underwood
grew up on a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma. Here’s what she revealed
about why she stopped eating beef. 

For Carrie Underwood, the animals on her farm were like family

Carrie Underwood | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Carrie Underwood | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Underwood said she loved the animals her parents kept on the farm when she was a child. They were like family to her. “Our calves were always adorable,” writes Underwood in her book Find Your Path. “They would jump around and play, and they were so sweet. Think of the most adorable baby cows you’ve ever seen at a petting zoo. In my memory, that’s what they looked like.”

The real reason Carrie Underwood stopped eating beef

Underwood describes the moment she decided to stop eating beef as an “awakening.” She says the day she discovered what really happens to farm animals caused her to change her eating habits.

One day, when Underwood was 13 years old, she went to bring her parents some iced tea. Once she arrived, she saw them preparing the calves. When Underwood asked her parents what they were doing, she was horrified to learn people eat the animals on the farm.

“I was utterly shocked,” wrote Underwood. “I was the kid who
would pick up worms off the road and put them in the dirt so they wouldn’t get
fried in the sun or run over by a car (I still do this when I’m out for a
run—old habits die hard, I guess). I was the kid who snuck out of the house at
night with a package of hot dogs to feed the stray dogs. I have this deep and
unshakable love for all life.”

Carrie Underwood never thought about the purpose of the family farm

Underwood said she never gave a second thought about what
was happening to the animals on the farm. It didn’t occur to her that the
animals she considered part of her family were actually meals.

“It sounds weird, but somehow, at 13 years old, I had never
really thought about the purpose of our farm,” writes Underwood. “There were
always cows. I always helped with them. They were a part of our lives, but I
had never considered where they went when they left us. And like most kids, I
had never considered where the meat on my plate came from, either.”

Carrie Underwood said she felt guilty about eating the animals on the farm

Carrie Underwood in 2019 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
Carrie Underwood in 2019 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The country singer shared in her book that she felt a sense
of guilt after realizing she had been eating the farm animals. She was so
overcome that she felt the urge to cry. She couldn’t believe she had been
“blind” to the reality of the farm.

I realized, in a flash, that I had been a participant in this process my whole life. A huge wave of guilt washed over me, and I wanted to burst into tears. I had eaten the hamburgers and the pot roasts and never once…



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