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#1 Old 04-03-2010, 05:59 PM
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Hi all!



Well, I suppose if I want to use this forum properly I should introduce myself. :-)



I have struggled with eating meat since I was a teenager. I went fishing at thirteen and actually caught a fish. The whole thing was devastating and I pledged to never eat a living thing then and there. The reality was that it was difficult to change my ways so I ended up blocking out what was really on my plate.



Since being and adult I have gone through periods of not eating any meat and I really never eat any meat at home, it's just not something I buy or cook with. BUT, I was still partaking in consumption at a social level. I would go through periods when I would insist on not eating meat socially and I always saw the look of disappointment on my family and friends faces...it was a hassle for them. So, I usually ate when I was with others, to try and not rock the boat.



I had to put my cat to sleep last week as he was really sick. It was an extremely emotional moment from me, but his transition to death was peaceful. I held him in my arms and he was purring until the sedation kicked in. I know that he had comfort in me being there and it really hit home to me how traumatic it must be for animals in slaughter houses.



Since then, I have been watching a couple of videos on PETA and something just 'CLICKED' in me. I have always known it was wrong, but now I am at the point where I could never put another living animal in my body. I think that I have been imbalanced in my life because I have not been living in accordance with my ethics.



So, I am mainly here to share stories with others and to gain support of like minded people. The food transition is not too hard for me, as it is how I have been living my life, but the social aspect it something I find hard to deal with.



I hope to hear from some people soon. Also, how do I upload an avatar?



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#2 Old 04-03-2010, 06:08 PM
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Hello LaraJane you are welcome! This is a great place for support. I have been a lurker for sometime but finally decided to join in

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#3 Old 04-03-2010, 06:16 PM
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Hello and welcome.

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hi, welcome to veggieboards!

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#6 Old 04-04-2010, 01:39 PM
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Welcome to VB

My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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