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I thought to introduce myself. The whole veg*n process for me has been a slow one. Started questioning my parents about meat when I was in grade school while living on a farm, not quite understanding the eating our pets process (even if I was the only one to view them as pets). Stopped eating red meat around 12-13 years old, being a vegetarian shortly followed. Was kind of split on the decision to go vegetarian, I didn't understand why we ate them, but I didn't get any cruelty first hand. We shipped our animals out to be butchered (except when I was a toddler, which I don't remember) and was raised to respect animals and show them love and never to take out aggression on them. So the hard cold facts about factory farms was something I didn't even learn about until I was in high school and doing research and living in a small where a portion of the people in your classroom live on farms, it was hard to find anyone with the same thinking. Also, the teachers even didn't quite side with you either, since they'd simply point out that your families income and everything you worn/ate/had was a result of farming. Quite a tough fact to swallow. Fast forward to when I finally moved out and started buying my own groceries and veganism was close to follow... and here I am today. I still go back to my small town and see relatives, by now most farms are just hobby farms and the industry has seemed to somewhat dry up, which is something I again am torn on. We cared for the animals while we had them and I know they don't get that lifestyle in factory farms.<br><br><br><br>
Anyways, that's my story as to how I got to be where I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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