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There are some here who are fortunate enough to never have been omni's, for the rest of us, was there a single moment that made up your mind to go veg*n?<br><br><br><br>
For me....<br><br><br><br>
I had given up red meat for two years and poultry for a year, only (then) eating fish.<br><br><br><br>
My Dad had moved to the US (NJ) a few years before and over this particular summer I went to stay with him, my sister and her husband were also over for a week or two. For a holiday we went to Cape Cod (in some ways an eye opener in itself - the elephant trunk swimming trunks is an example). For a `treat' we went to a lobster restaurant. Being presented a whole lobster to tear apart and eat was too much for me. I didn't eat anything that night. That was the last time I ever considered eating meat.
 

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I first made the steps towards going veg when i was in high school, i had just stopped eating mammals because at the time i didn't think "lesser" animals could feel pain the same as mammals. But then there was a time at a restaraunt where i ordered a chicken dish - it turned out to be a half of a small chicken .. Just seeing a half of an animal there on my plate made me feel really bad about it, and really disgusted with myself .. i couldn't hardly eat it. I think that's what made me finally decide to give eating the flesh of any animal ...
 

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I was handed a fetal pig in biology class and told to cut it up. I had been telling the guy for the MONTHS leading up to it that I wouldn't do it, he said I was gonna do it, I excused myself to use the bathroom and left school and walked home. (7 miles)<br><br>
End of meat.
 

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It's weird. For me, it really was an over-night decision to go veggie. I had kinda gone off meat shortly before going vegetarian, but I didn't actually cut it out of my diet, for some reason. It's quite hard to explain, but basically one night, my parents gave me fish for dinner, and all I could see on my plate was a dead fish coated in breadcrumbs.<br><br><br><br>
And that, sir, was the final straw for me.
 

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I worked for a veterinarian for three years and do you believe that there was not one person there, including myself, who was not omni? I mean, of all the people in the world who should see the point - what's the difference - we call one animal a pet and the other food. The oddities of human reason. I did not become vegitarian until my little brain worked out for itself that I was human, and therefore could choose whether or not I killed other living things, and it seemed good to me that I should not. That was all there was to it. No big revelation, no epiphany. Just choice. Of course, I've seen thing since that made me think, "oh my God, what was I thinking?"
 

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There was never a last straw for me, because it all happened at once, thanks to a wealth of information opening to me all in one afternoon. I was blind, then I could see. I became vegan instantly, and have never looked back.
 

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Well, I'd been slowly fazing meat out of my diet, trying veg alternatives for a while. One night my mother made me roast beef. I just could not swallow it. I decided starting the next morning, I'd never eat meat again.
 

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There was never any event that made me what I am today. I just felt that a strict vegetarian diet is the only right one (even without knowing all the information out there as to "why"). Of course on my way I came across a wealth of information about all the benefits (to the environment, animals, health, ...) and that just convinced me even more.
 

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I thing there are a bunch of events that made me go vegetarian. First was in 7th grade, when we were assigned to do a project on cruelty to animals. I chose fur coats. I was pretty outraged at fur coats. Then, I forget how, I learned about the cruelties of veal. Maybe I came across it on the net while doing research. So I was avidly against veal. Then, I spent most of the summer at my grandparents house going to camp, and there was a vegetarian at camp. Then one night, I was eating at a restaurant with my grandparents, and I was going to order spaghetti and meatballs, but I heard my grandparents ordering, and I thought that they might have ordered veal, so I thought, "Wait: I get mad at others when they eat veal, but here I am about to eat meatballs." So when the waiter asked me what I wanted, I said 'Spaghetti with tomato sauce.' And so I became a vegetarian. After that I did some research on the subject. First I stopped eating unkosher cheese because of the rennet, then I only ate cage free eggs, then I learned what cage free actually means and became vegan.<br><br>
-Eric<br><br>
(I hope that wasn't boring <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">)
 

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The BSE crisis got the snowball rolling, but I was cookin gbacon, and I decided that it would be the last meat I ate. I kinda noticed how the bacon looked a bit like the skin on my hand, and the jigsaw came together. I wasn't pleased about the idea of eating flesh, so I stopped.
 

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I had stopped eating all meat, except for fish/seafood. I was watching a cooking show one Saturday afternoon and saw a chef place live crayfish into a boiling stew. Thinking of those crayfish and what they experienced before they died was it for me. I immediately said to myself, "No more!". And that was that. I've gone on to become vegan and, to quote epski, "have never looked back". My only regret is that it didn't happen sooner.
 

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i had been planning to go veggie for a while. one week, i had gone a few days without meat, so i decided to stop eating meat forever.
 

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The first time I went veggie, it was because I read the article in the Time magazine from early July 2002, shortly after my 15th b-day. I decided I didn't want to eat meat anymore. I ate meat again after being hospitalized for Anorexia, but this time I went lacto-ovo in a matter of a day after reading up on veg*nism again, and watching the peta movies on the site. I learned about the egg and dairy industries at the same time ;I gave up dairy a few days later, after learning about it's grossness and how it was the reason my sinuses sucked. The last time I intentionally ate anything with egg was July 6 2003, the day before my 16th birthday. I knew I wanted to be vegan, but was eating the last Morningstar farm veggie dog in our fridge, because I don't like being wasteful. (And I apologized to the chickens the eggs came from in my veggie burgers/dogs before eating them) I've been vegan since July 7, 2003 (3 weeks, w00t!) and I've never looked back since.
 

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I have been trying to eat vegan for about two months. Last week my husband decided to fry some chicken and instead of being tempting like I had anticipated I actually found the fatty greasy smell so strong I was repulsed. I had to turn the fans on full blast for hours to get rid of the odor. Is it possible my tastes are changing so soon? I guess for me veganism has been a gradual process. I remember when I thought a vegitarian friend of mine was a little weird. If I had to put a timeline on my journy from complete omni to now I would say about five years. Every so often I would see or read something about factory farming, veal or mad cow dx, e-coli, etc. Even though these stories touched me they didn't necessarily make me change my behavior. However, I feel like over a long period of time all the information I had absorbed over the years seemed to all just click one day. Then I went through several months of trying vegitarianism on for short periods of time. Now I feel like when people find out I am vegitarian/vegan and they look at me with the same quizzical expression I used to have I really do understand because I have been there. When people ask about my reasons I keep things very simple. "I feel like its better for the animals, better for the enviroment and makes me feel healthier." I also try to be supportive of people who make any small steps toward vegitarianism. Maybe someday I will be an example to someone like me.
 

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The final straw for my veganism happened when I found out about rennet. The rest was more blurry because I stopped eating red meat but my parents were against going fully veg and got me to eat fish/chicken. I slowly phased them out without them realizing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I never really ate much meat. I hated the texture. I'm the type that won't eat anything with a funny texture (like tapioca, strawberries, okra). I always loved animals so it hurt whenever my step-dad would fish or when I was 5 he had butchered a pig in our back yard for his birthday. I ran and hid underneath the kitchen table covering my ears trying to block the sounds of the pig squealing.<br><br>
Like I had noted in my Introduction, my decision to go LOV was after watching Phases of Death. I had to watch it with my hand over my eyes the few minutes I watched before leaving the room. As much as I would love to have 'Meet you Meat' for education purposes during protests, I will not be able to watch it. I know I will puke or passout or something.<br><br>
I am vegan in sympathy for the animals and I think that food should not consist of pain and suffering. Blood is unappealing to consider eating. And seeing the eyes of a fish when it's served to you is disgusting. Milk is not ours to drink. Eggs smell. Meat is murder AND it's disgusting.
 

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The first time I went vegetarian, I really didn't have much of a reason, except that I hated the taste of meat.<br><br><br><br>
The second time, I was talking to a girl on MSN who I'd met online. She's been vegetarian for quite a while, and we were talking about Animal's Rights. Basically, it was me listening to what she had to say and simply agreeing with her. That night after she left, I looked at several websites to see what she meant, and knew I couldn't continue to eat meat.<br><br><br><br>
So there you have it, about five months ago that happened, and look where I am now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by zapmama27</i><br><br><b><a href="http://www.meetyourmeat.com" target="_blank">www.meetyourmeat.com</a><br><br><br><br>
that was my final straw.</b></div>
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Mine too!<br><br><br><br>
I had been a ovo-Vegetarian before, but it only lasted 3 months. I wasn't experienced enough in cooking and- living in Northern Minnesota (meat and potatoes country)- had no access to tofu, soymilk, ANY fake meats, or vegetarian convenience foods. I literally LIVED off of cheesless pita pizzas.<br><br><br><br>
I became a Vegan after I was forced (yes, forced) into going to this HORRID concert so that my little sister would have a ride home, afterwards. I didn't want to be seen inside so the two friends that I dragged along with me were going to go to dinner and basically just hang out until the concert was over. On our way out some people were playing the movie "Meet your Meat" on a large television screen (knick-named 'black beauty') just outside the doors. My friends and I were stunned by it. From that moment forward I vowed to become Vegan and my friend Brittany became a Vegetarian. Chloe said she wanted to be vegetarian but "could never give up her chicken" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">. I tried to change her mind but she was completely hopeless.
 
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