A former strict vegetarian completely changed her life when she was pregnant with her third child and tried a burger for the first time in decades.
Currently she owns her pasteurized pig farm.
Tammi Jonas, 49, was first a vegetarian in the seventies after reading a book that detailed the ill treatment of animals on farms.
A mother of three from Australia tasted meat for the very first time in 10 years when she would become “dangerously anemic” and then from then on her lifestyle changed in a massive way.
She shared with 10 Daily:
“I was at work one day and just thought: ‘a burger would fix this’.”
The 49-year-old continued on, saying:
“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.”
But Tammi began taking her meat eating to the next level when she and her husband Stuart did some research
But once she and her husband realized they could make a living from farming on a small scale with the focus on treating animals properly and ethically.
Tammy explains her business, writing on her website the following:
“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.”
Tammy reveals her farm uses ethical and holistic practices, explaining there are no harmful chemicals and the animals are free to live as if they would if they were not on a farm.
Tammi shared Daily Mail Australia:
“Some people will draw an ethical line that killing is bad. But I don’t believe that – I don’t think killing an animal for consumption is unethical if it had a good life.”
Both Tammi and her husband have been running their business, Jonai Farms and Meatsmiths, for eight years.