I am new to this site and am not prone to joining these types of forums. Also, I just posted a profile and have not had a chance to explore the site. I was just glad to see there is a network of vegetarians out there sharing information with each other. Keep up the good work!
I have been a vegetarian for 9 years, and just recently became vegan. It was about time. I had long ago given up animal flesh, I guess it was about time to give up animal secretions. Especially after viewing the film "Earthlings" a few times just to remind me that I was being lazy.
Anyway, I am glad you are all strong and sturdy of conviction when it comes to animal welfare. For your infromation, I just stumbled upon a site called something like "International Vegetarian Union" - it listed famous writers, musicians, philosophers, actors, etc. throughout history who are or were vegetarians. Check it out; it can remind you that you are not alone when you feel like everyone else is against your beliefs . . . which seems to be quite often.
Take care and spread the word.