The Cost of an Omelet
By Bernie Jones
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The Cost of an Omelet
By Bernie Jones

Eggs, milk and cheese, no animal is hurt
That is what I used to think
I would never eat meat, but I'll have a cheese omelette
And a big glass of cold milk to drink
Omelette's are great, no cruelty involved
Cruelty? I won't take the blame!
I'm doing my bit and I feel nice and smug
Bernie the veggie's my name!

Then one day...
I was surfing the net, can't remember quite why
It must have been 'my time' to learn
What's this? By-products? Calves? Chicks?
My stomach had started to churn
The male chicks are useless so are crushed, gassed or shredded
Male calves are disposed of at birth
So I can have milk, cheese and eggs for my tea
I never knew of such cruelty on earth

So finally I had gotten to the truth, to the facts
It's not only meat that is cruel
When animals are 'used', pain's an inevitable cost
I can't believe I have been such a fool
Even if ONE calf or chick dies in pain
It would be one too many I fear
But it's not one or two, but millions of lives
being taken for us every year
I've since become vegan, I've realised the cost,
of an omelette is just much too dear.

Bernie - bernie.jones1@interbrew.co.uk

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