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I can't help feeling alone here as a vegan, I feel like I am the only one in the world that cares about anything. I live near by a slaughter house which I didn't know about until I moved here, and yesterday I was driving past McDonalds and couldn't help noticing how busy and full the restaurant was :( and it just hit me that that is never going to change. I watched a young family going into McDonalds excited and I remember being that little and excited to go to McDonalds. The cycle just continues and there's nothing I can do about it.

I guess what I'm asking is how do you get by day to day knowing all this is happening without feeling so sad and helpless?:(:(
 

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I can't help feeling alone here as a vegan, I feel like I am the only one in the world that cares about anything. I live near by a slaughter house which I didn't know about until I moved here, and yesterday I was driving past McDonalds and couldn't help noticing how busy and full the restaurant was :( and it just hit me that that is never going to change. I watched a young family going into McDonalds excited and I remember being that little and excited to go to McDonalds. The cycle just continues and there's nothing I can do about it.

I guess what I'm asking is how do you get by day to day knowing all this is happening without feeling so sad and helpless?:(:(

You can feel better by realizing just how popular vegetarianism has become in the last 25 years.

When I became a vegan in 1991, I could only find cruelty-free items and veggie meats by going to a tiny health food store. Now, even large supermarkets carry these things.

When I became a vegan in 1991, there were just a few vegetarian restaurants, scattered here and there. Now, there are vegetarian restaurant chains, including a worldwide vegan restaurant chain, Loving Hut.

Things have improved, and quickly! You're on the winning side, my friend.
 

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Picture a row of dominos. It isn't the first one that topples the last, but without the first one pushing the next the last never gets touched
When I was little there were very few fast food places. The regular hamburger consisted on one thin patty the size of my palm. A soft drink was either 6 or 8 ounces. THAT changed.
I can find a pizza place and a restaurant in my area that offer vegan cheese. THAT changed
I just watched a commercial on the morning news for a furniture place where you can get vegan leather. CHANGE

You want to know the number one thing that won't make a difference? Not being different

The world is never stagnant, for good or bad

BE the change you wish to see. If you like the color red, wear it. If you're angered by the amount of waste in landfills buy used, recycle, compost. If you don't feel people should kill living beings when we can plants than don't do it yourself
Hold yourself accountable to your ethics.

You are the one you can change, so don't be someone you don't respect
 

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I totally agree with what David3 said. I became vegetarian in 1996, and had to go to a food co-op, and certain Asian markets for most of my food. Now, I can get things at Wal-mart and the national chain grocers, (saving money). The fact that these stores now even offer this food to people shows how many people are into this life-style (knowing also that people with Lactose, and gluten intolerance are in the mix as well).

Sadly, there will always be people doing things that make them feel that no one else understands. Many people who have unique lifestyles end up moving to areas where their goals are met. Not saying this is what you should do, but there are very many more people who have lifestyle differences who live in larger cities.
 

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I can understand how you feel - after all, I never realized until I became a vegan that animal products are in EVERYTHING! Meat eating is prevalent still, there are ads for dairy everywhere, and there seems to be a general sense of apathy in the Western culture - people do not want to see and feel the pain their comfortable habits are causing.

On the other hand, the others above me are correct; change IS happening!!! Imagine vegans in the 60's - no ready access to tofu, tempeh, specialty products or convenience foods. No non-dairy cheeses, yogurt, or nut/soy milks. Somehow they did it, and they paved the way for us today, where we can now find vegan options in almost every restaurant, mainstream grocery store and fast food joint. Where popular and successful restaurant chain and casino owners are going vegan and drastically changing their whole enterprise to incorporate vegan options. Where companies are getting massive funding to create plant based burgers that can be sold in the meat aisle... not to target vegans, but MEAT EATERS!!! :D

It's happening, it really is - and more and more people are realizing this is the way we have to go. Like @silva said, we need to BE the change we want to see; live the example, and I promise you - others will follow!! ^_^
 

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Just in the past roughly 16 years that I've been vegetarian and now vegan I've seen an incredible increase in the popularity of plant-based food and concern for animals.

When I first went vegetarian there were maybe some veggie dogs and tofu in the fridge section of the grocery store and if you were lucky some unsweetened soymilk, now there's a whole vegetarian section at my grocery store in the produce aisle and a whole plant-based milk section in the dairy aisle!

It can be really hard being vegan when the people around you aren't and change can seem so slow but if you consider humans have been around for thousands and thousands of years we are actually making remarkable progress in a short time.

Hang in there! Things are getting better :hug:
 

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Wonderful posts - thank you. I have also been feeling so sad waking up every day thinking about this stuff going on and feeling very helpless and that I can't change anything. It has been making me very tearful and depressed, but this was a great reminder of how many people are making changes and moving forward with a gentler way of living. I loved the post about "Loving Hut". I googled and we have several restaurants here in the UK :D Things are getting better and people's minds are changing. My boyfriend has gone veggie after watching Earthlings. I never thought he would stop eating meat, but he is now telling all his friends and colleagues about it and creating quite a bit of education to them and interest in changing their diets. Like the previous poster said, we need to hang in here and things will get better. Little by little we will get there. Have a great weekend all :)
 

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I totally understand that feeling, but just remember that YOU are doing everything you can. Also remember that meat consumption has been systematically declining, while vegetarianism is on the rise. It may be a slow process, but changes are being made!
 

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A "sad and helpless" vegan isn't going to convince anyone to give this a try. While you may need to pop on VB and post some gripes or frustrations from time to time, keep it here! If you project negativity and despair, you won't do the animals any favors.

So - do your best not to drive by the slaughterhouse, don't allow yourself to look at the McD's parking lot, and don't watch too many undercover videos!

But, instead, look on the bright side - you have the enormous freedom to live your values! If you don't cook a lot - now's the time to learn: explore new recipes and new cuisines. Share your culinary successes with friends and invite them over to eat frequently. Make shopping for food and clothing an adventure, and enjoy knowing that you're not harming anyone. Going vegan is an adjustment for everyone - you, your family, your friends - but everyone will get used to it with time, and I'm sure you'll find that it gets easier.

But don't dwell on the bad stuff, don't get discouraged, you're doing a wonderful thing!
 
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I just made an informative post on fb about meatless mondays massively helping the environment, and my friend posted a picture of "for every animal you don't eat, I'll eat 3"... so... yeah, I'm down about that right now lol. That was a d*ck thing.
 

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Surveying almost 10,000 people across England, Scotland, and Wales, the findings showed that at least 542,000 people in Britain are following a veganism, which is an increase of over 350 percent in the last decade. The fuddy-duddy image of the animal-free diet also seems to be over, with 42 percent of all vegans found to be aged between 15 and 34, compared to just 14 percent who are over 65.

As you see, the younger you are the more vege you are. So.. the tide is on our side
 

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I just made an informative post on fb about meatless mondays massively helping the environment, and my friend posted a picture of "for every animal you don't eat, I'll eat 3"... so... yeah, I'm down about that right now lol. That was a d*ck thing.
I have had people say that to me, and I just answer OK, well, it will even out in the long run after your early death from heart disease. I can be a d*ck too 😂
 

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I can't help feeling alone here as a vegan, I feel like I am the only one in the world that cares about anything. I live near by a slaughter house which I didn't know about until I moved here, and yesterday I was driving past McDonalds and couldn't help noticing how busy and full the restaurant was :( and it just hit me that that is never going to change. I watched a young family going into McDonalds excited and I remember being that little and excited to go to McDonalds. The cycle just continues and there's nothing I can do about it.

I guess what I'm asking is how do you get by day to day knowing all this is happening without feeling so sad and helpless?:(:(
The majority of the populace is brainwashed into thinking that they need meat and cows milk.

That's the high powered advertisers at work.

I literally saw a lady leaving the store today with 3 US gallons of cow's milk. Really? Are your children cows?

Why don't we eat giraffe meat, and drink giraffe milk? Or rhino milk? Or......

People need to wake up and realize what's going on.

It's hard, with all the fast food and massive advertising.

Then you get sick, and the drug companies sell you pills, etc.

The whole thing is a scam.

Eat a whole food, plant based diet, and never mind big Agra.
 

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I can't help feeling alone here as a vegan, I feel like I am the only one in the world that cares about anything. I live near by a slaughter house which I didn't know about until I moved here, and yesterday I was driving past McDonalds and couldn't help noticing how busy and full the restaurant was :( and it just hit me that that is never going to change. I watched a young family going into McDonalds excited and I remember being that little and excited to go to McDonalds. The cycle just continues and there's nothing I can do about it.

I guess what I'm asking is how do you get by day to day knowing all this is happening without feeling so sad and helpless?:(:(
There's nothing that you can do about it... It is just good that you started with yourself... but there would always be people who wouldn't care if you are vegan, even if you're just about to die... not talking about vegan... there are lots of people who daily take medications because that's what they have to do to live and still, people don't care... this is something that you have to get used to IMO
 

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I'm in touch with that feeling. Becoming vegan has made me more aware of things I closed my eyes to before, but there are tons of injustices in the world. There's a reason you could by clothes super cheap and other items that make us feel very happy and comfortable. it's not JUST factory farming so while I'm now more conscientious in some areas there are plenty of other areas I'm still blind or ignorant to where being vegan is comparatively simple!

That said; the things I used to drool over (bacon, burgers.) now just make me feel too sad to even look at and I don't mean to but can't help feeling judgmental of people who ooh and ahh over how delicious bacon is. Yeah, I get it. I think it's delicious too, but I suppose when I made this lifestyle change and learned about where it came from it made me just too heartsick to eat it anymore. I was in an upscale gourmet supermarket and on display was meat that looked so raw and so much like what it was just a day prior (a living breathing being) and not something that was processed and wrapped up in the supermarket to detach yourself from the fact that this was an animal. I commented to my friend that this was gross. I honestly thought she'd agree (even though she is a meat eater) and she told me not to ruin it for her. I thought ???? Ok, I get that you eat and enjoy meat but imo only the hardcore meat eater would look at what we were looking at and think yummy.

No people like the not knowing. Once you know you can't unknow. I purposely watched and read disturbing lectures and articles to help me with awareness and also to enable myself to resist meat and dairy since I now REALLY know where it came from.

It CAN be a bit isolating but to me I also feel it makes me feel quite proud. When someone says "oh I could never do that". I feel like this makes me feel I just a little stronger than the average person. Maybe I'm not really ,but it does make me feel good.
 
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