Originally Posted by JesGuy
I'll be honest. I decided to become Vegetarian mainly for "better health" reasons. Not for animal rights.
Ever since watching videos like Meet Your Meat
and others, I cant really see myself using any animal products ever again. I just finished watching Earthlings
narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.
Damn. I'm seriously considering going 100% Vegan. Its weird. There was so much stuff in that film that made go "Huh. I feel stupid for not realizing this before."
I started off being Lacto-Vegetarian...but then I saw this artist's drawing of a Cow with a couple of humans underneath it sucking on the Cow's udders. A caption below the picture said "Is this natural?"
Obviously...NO. Its not natural at all. I think the switch will be pretty easy for me. I prefer Soy Milk over Cow Milk anyhow. Wearing non-animal clothes shouldnt be a problem for me considering I never liked the idea to begin with. Except...
How do I know that my clothes were made from animals or not? How do I know for sure?
P.S....I about vomitted when the man ripped the skin off that poor fox and it was still alive, blinking and shivering in agony.
That is the single image from Earthlings that still sticks in my mind. Horrifying. Also, the dolphin fishing in Japan.
Though those movies are so difficult to watch, I think they are very important for some of us to keep focused on our reasons for veganism. I became vegan after seeing Meet Your Meat
a couple of years ago, and then I kind of let it drift to the back of my mind. I started thinking about veganism in the more philosophical realm and decided it would be acceptable to eat free-range dairy/eggs. From there I kind of slipped into buying whatever dairy was cheapest, eating cheese omelets at Denny's, stuff like that. From there I slipped further into eating fish, commercial and organic dairy, and commercial and organic eggs. It took re-watching Meet Your Meat
to jolt me back to reality and realize that I needed to stop consuming animal products! I stopped buying them but continued to eat them at other peoples' homes, and then one night a couple of months ago I watched Earthlings
. That was the moment I decided there was no turning back! No matter how awkward the social situation, I wasn't going to compromise! Whatever uncomfortableness I have to feel occasionally as a vegan is miles
away from the torture those animals go through every day.
Good luck on your journey! We are all here to help you whenever you need it!