I made a lifestyle change and decided to go vegan almost 2 years ago. I never announced it on my blog or throughout social media because I didn't want people to judge me, label me a tree-hugging hippie, or assume I'm going to try to convert them to a vegan diet. I feel like there is such a stigma surrounding the idea of veganism. But the longer I am vegan, the more passionate about it I am becoming. I want to stand up for the rights of animals. I don't want to stay silent on what I believe in.
It is incredibly speciesist for humans to think that they are superior to all other animals. To think that killing another living creature is okay. To protect cats and dogs under laws but to torture pigs and cows. To have buildings specifically designed to kill. When did we become such a violent species?
When I see a burger, I no longer see a delicious meal. I see a tortured and murdered animal. They say you are what you eat, and if you're eating a creature that lived it's whole life in fear and anxiety, you will be consuming that negative energy. If you eat a healthy and bountiful diet of fruits and vegetables and grains that grew in the sunshine, the beauty of your food is going to shine through you.
I want to live a life of kindness and compassion towards all living creatures. I want to live a long and healthy life. I want to live a life of love.
I don't judge people who still chose to eat animal products. I want to educate people so they know the truth about the horrors of factory farms, and can make their own informed decision on what they eat. I truly believe that if everyone understood the horrible things going on industrial agriculture, no one would continue eating animal products.
If you are vegan too, yay! I'd love to know! And if you're considering going vegan but don't know where to start, feel free to email me! I'd love to help you out. And if you've never even thought about veganism, I urge you to do a little research and understand where your food is coming from. I have some resources listed below to get you started!
I want to start another series on my blog about veganism. Posts about anything from transitioning to a vegan diet, to meal ideas, to how to respond to criticism. Let me know what you would like to see a post about!
A documentary explaining veganism from an environmental perspective (also on Netflix!)