I was vegetarian for 2 years before I was advised to stop for health reasons. This I sort of did, regarding myself as a flexitarian (I ate meat occasionally but mostly went for vegetarian options, frequently going several days without any meat).
For a while I’ve been phasing back in vegetarianism with the overall aim of going vegan. Last night, I did some research and watched some programmes on the meat & dairy industry and it jolted me straight towards veganism. Simply put: I do not want to be a part of what I saw. If I eat meat & dairy then I am condoning it - utter cruelty & environmental destruction. I cannot do that. I know that I’m likely to meet with a lot of disapproval, but I don’t care. This is more important.
I’ve just got back from the shops: I’ve bought some soya and rice milk (going to see which I prefer), some chocolate deserts, soya yogurts, fruit & nut mixes (as it stands I don’t like nuts but I’m hoping that will change), some dark chocolate which is vegan (woo!), some falafel (interested to try this - it looks nice!) and some frozen vegan sausages & burgers. I haven’t told my parents yet but I will later. I expect it won’t go down well.
I’m taking the view that I’m going to be vegetarian as an absolute thing - no meat or fish whatsoever. I’m going to try to be 100% vegan as far as it’s possible to do so. I’m hoping I will be able to do that, but I know that situations may arise where I can’t be. I’m going to do my best and take each day as it comes.
After what I’ve read and seen I simply cannot face meat or dairy any more. It makes me feel a bit sick - meat especially but even the cereal I had for supper last night (and cereal & milk is one of my favourite foods that I have all the time). I don’t want to be giving my money to the people that do such horrendous things to animals - because by endorsing such things the blood is on my hands too. I appreciate that in the past eating meat by hunting was necessary for survival, but in the modern world we do not need it to live. I can’t justify the killing and brutal treatment of animals just for us to get a few minutes of pleasure.
I just had to get this out.