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#1 Old 09-11-2015, 07:31 PM
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Hello from Va

Good evening, everyone!

I am a vegetarian who has been phasing into a vegan lifestyle and have hit a roadblock, which I consider to be significant. I am a career firefighter paramedic; our structural firefighting gear is partly leather with no alternatives. For as long as there are no alternatives to the leather we have to use, I will not be a vegan. I have come to this forum for guidance as I continue my semi-vegan journey.

I look forward to meeting everyone and learning as much as I can!
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#2 Old 09-11-2015, 07:49 PM
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Welcome Austin. Before I retired, I drove 18-wheelers. Occasionally, I would have to haul a load, of which I disapproved, including slaughtered chickens from Tyson. In time, I found a job that was free of such dark work, but it took me years to do so. We do what we have to do. Vegans, at present, are a small minority, working and competing in an omnivorous world. The service you provide far outweighs the compromise you have to make.

I salute you for the work you do, fellow-vegan!

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W e l c o m e !

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My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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#4 Old 09-12-2015, 03:30 AM
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Hi Austin and welcome! You are still considered a vegan. You don't really have a choice in the matter since it is employment related. And what a noble career!
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#5 Old 09-12-2015, 12:23 PM
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Thank you for the welcome, everyone!

I appreciate the encouragement, especially since I felt conflicted with whether or not I am indeed vegan. I didn't want the title of 'vegan' if it was fictitious.
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#6 Old 09-12-2015, 01:01 PM
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Your career choice does a world of good for others.
Its what you can control that matters!
If everyone who wanted to be vegan adhered 100% they'd be out in the woods and they'd be no advocacy!

Don't let perfection get in the way of doing good.

Welcome!
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#7 Old 09-12-2015, 03:24 PM
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Thank you for the welcome, everyone!

I appreciate the encouragement, especially since I felt conflicted with whether or not I am indeed vegan. I didn't want the title of 'vegan' if it was fictitious.
Hi Austin, I am a nurse, and there is just stuff that isn't vegan that I have to use in my job. We just do the best we can.
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