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I know it doesn't happen this way for everyone, but I was inspired to go vegan (after years of half-hearted attempts) by one thought, occurring just moment ago over a bowl of egg-drop soup:<br>
"This is no different from eating my sisters uterine lining."<br><br>
That thought is now burned into my brain forever. I guess nothing else could have made me see the whole picture of animal products more than that. It raises questions about our culture, which supposedly above all values the protection of women and children, to not have thought about it this way, to have never had it brought up to me by a person I knew, all of that. I would never ever rip out anyone's uterine lining and eat it- or so I thought, but now I realize I do it all the time without a second thought. It's enough to make me vegan in the middle of a meal I had always loved.<br><br>
What was your moment?<br><br>
(I apologize if this breaks any ToS about graphic whatnot)
 

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I'm still very new at this. I was inspired to try veganism by people here and I've only been working on it since the beginning of March. But a big turning point for me was last night at a hockey game, when I realized I'd rather cobble together a dinner of an odwalla smoothie, hummus and pretzels, and a larabar I'd brought with me than order the cheese pizza I would have gotten before. After a couple weeks of eating vegan, I realized that I just could not fathom eating cheese. It felt wrong. That was when I realized that my veganism was going to stick.
 

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I am very tempted to make a dirty joke, but I'll refrain.<br><br>
But yea, it was seeing the turtle killed in Cannibal Holocaust. Turtles are my favourite animals and I just realised after seeing that... I can't eat cows or pigs or anything else, and I didn't see any point in being a vegetarian. If I was gonna do it, it was gonna be done right or not at all.
 

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I was still vegetarian and I was trying to slowly phase into veganism. I was having a debate with a couple of friends over how poorly humankind treats animals, one of the girls family hunted and the other was eating a vegan diet at the time. The one who was eating vegan started on about how she was not doing it for the animals - that she was just trying to lose weight and I just got so angry at her and <i>myself</i> (feeling hypocritical for continuing to contribute to that treatment of animals) that after that conversation, trying to finish up the non vegan food I had grossed me out every time I tried. I gave away the veggie pattys/soups/dinners etc. that contained dairy and eggs... then I started living as a vegan.
 

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I don't think I've had that 'real moment yet' maybe have and haven't realised it? I've seen many videos on how animals are treated and they break my heart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I believe if you eat the meat, you are accepting what is done to the animals and you are just as guilty as the farmer.
 

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See the video "Meet Your Meat." That did it for me, once and for all.
 

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I watched "Fowl Play" and cried my eyes out. Since then I haven't eaten a single egg or dairy product.
 

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I'd been vegetarian for many, many years and was slowly phasing out eggs and dairy. The eggs went easily since I only used them to bake, I hated the taste. The cheese was harder to let go of (I ate it at just about every meal) and it was after reading something on here that made me stop eating it cold turkey. Soilman said something about the lining of a calf stomach being used (which I already knew) and for some reason the way it had been written got to me and that was it for cheese. I wasn't drinking milk then, but I was still eating things like milk chocolate.<br><br>
The thing that finally caused me to go completely vegan was a signature Troub had a long time ago. Unfortunately I don't remember the exact wording but it went something like this; Every time you drink milk, you're contributing to the veal industry. All I could picture were the baby calves and mothers crying to each other as they were they were separated and the calf having a horrible life until being slaughtered. And worst of all was knowing I was personally contributing to this. That was it, I've been vegan ever since.
 

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I've watched Earthlings and that took me a week to watch because it broke my heart. I was speechless, I sobbed like a baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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To me it was just like when I went l/o veg and I had that "click" moment. I read Skinny ***** and was motivated but not fully committed. I didn't need to watch any videos or read anything else, I just let the idea run through my brain a few days. I didn't eat straight eggs or milk, just cheese and other dairy products and used eggs and milk for baking. I was at work and someone offered me a mozzarella stick and I realllly thought about it. An animal suffered to produce that, on top of that its something that has pretty much no nutritional value and it's all fat. That was pretty much it. haha If I'm ever even tempted I realize how that product got infront of me and it breaks my heart. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Also it feels so good to know I'm not contributing a single dime to the meat or dairy industry.
 

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I was l/o before, but I simply wasn't committed. It took that moment where I saw it in terms of what it was, instead of words on a page, or thought of, or whatever. When it's more than abstract, it kills you to even look at dairy and egg products. Now I look and think, as a woman, as a living thing that had a mom, how could we treat females and children like this for a cookie?
 

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A big collection of moments lead to me going vegan, I wish I could say I was the kind of person who makes decisions and sticks to them overnight but I'm really not. Watching Earthlings had a big effect on me, but what really made it stick was visiting a petting zoo and looking at all the 4H pigs and chickens they had there and petting a dairy cow. I looked right in that cows big gentle eyes and thought about her being slaughtered one day and broke down, I felt so guilty. There was really no kidding myself or turning back after that, knowing that that cow is probably dead now and the pigs and chickens I saw definitely are makes it all way too real.
 

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my click moment was also a combination of a few moments. I watched earthlings and it broke my heart, i just couldn't understand why '"we" humans do the things we do, what makes us think that we can cause that much pain and hurt and not question it? this also got me talking with my sister who has recently made the switch to vegetarian and now vegan, and then i started reading this forum.. by then it all fell into place and it just makes sense to be vegan. i find no reason not to. i refuse to be part of so much pain and hurt :S
 

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I have been an on and off vegetarian for years. I remember that I always wanted to be one, I don't know why, since childhood it just felt right. Due to being anemic pretty much all my life, I was convinced by my culture/environment I had to eat meat, was forced to eat liver many times (something that disgusted me so much!).<br>
When I finally moved on my own, I went back to almost not eating meat, took control of things. Then I got pulled by my husband to introduce it again on my diet. At the end of 2010 I had my turning point, I realised I was not happy with my eating ways, and started to research, eating meat and any animal produce really didn't make sense. I think my research in enviromentalism also had a huge effect. If I wanted to be truthful to myself and my values, I had to become the change I wanted to see around me. Then in January this year, just after I became a vegetarian I saw Food Inc for the first time, and that I think was one of my turning point to decide to go all the way. This forum was a great inspiration too.<br><br>
My hope is someday all people will be able to see.<br><br>
Forgot to add that something that clicked my head was when I read someone refering to eating animal flesh as eating corpses.
 

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I've only been vegan since last xmas and vegetarian for quite some time, but I do remember at xmas it was like this thought out of the blue of what am I doing? My daughter had been talking about going vegan and I was like oh, you need to make sure you're nutrition is ok, etc blah blah ( she's 16) and it started me thinking as a vegetarian, why was I still doing the other stuff? the leather handbag, the goosedown doona, and it's ok not eat animals, but to use them? And my sister in law and her husband are Atkins devotees, so a fun xmas is always a certainty which also got me thinking. I remember coming home from xmas lunch and going nope, that it. no more. And my daughter and I had a huge talk and that was it. We "converted" then and haven't gone back. The real irony is that the Atkins devotees have actually really solidified our conviction in this. Especially after seeing the table at lunch time. ( our family had actually gone vegetarian after a xmas lunch about five years ago)<br><br>
And recently I saw "from farm to fridge" and Food Inc. I just can't get out of my head the stuff in that film, which has only strengthened my resolve as has reading more info. My partner's family are German, and my mother in law said yesterday "but what about the Bratwurst?!!" but we have made a huge breakthrough in that everyone is coming to a vegan restaurant for my daughter's 17th tomorrow!
 

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The thing that finally caused me to go completely vegan was a signature Troub had a long time ago. Unfortunately I don't remember the exact wording but it went something like this; Every time you drink milk, you're contributing to the veal industry. All I could picture were the baby calves and mothers crying to each other as they were they were separated and the calf having a horrible life until being slaughtered. And worst of all was knowing I was personally contributing to this. That was it, I've been vegan ever since.</div>
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It was reading about the cows and calves that turned me vegan too.
 

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for me, it was when it hit me that there is no difference between eating a cow, and eating a dog, no matter how much society is conditioned to think that the latter is disgusting and the former, appetizing.
 

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I am very tempted to make a dirty joke, but I'll refrain.<br><br>
But yea, it was seeing the turtle killed in Cannibal Holocaust. Turtles are my favourite animals and I just realised after seeing that... I can't eat cows or pigs or anything else, and I didn't see any point in being a vegetarian. If I was gonna do it, it was gonna be done right or not at all.</div>
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I've wanted to watch that movie but refrained from it because of the scenes of animal cruelty. I love horror movies and am so intrigued by these ultra-controversial films like Cannibal Holocaust but knowing that it's not just CG or special effects means I'll probably never see it. *sigh*<br><br>
Back to the thread subject, lol.<br><br>
My moment was more of a series of moments. My grandmother had just died and I was totally gorging myself on cheese constantly. I was getting large 4-cheese calzones and an order of large fries every few days. I felt so sick, then I realized that I wasn't just hurting myself. I had been vegetarian for 5 years and it was just the right time to move on.
 

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Honestly, when I look back on it, I think I went vegetarian as a sort of struggle-for-identity.<br>
I was 12, in 6th grade. The previous year, I had for some reason divided my 5th grade class into two factions: The "Chicken Lovers" and the "Chicken Haters". I was the leader of the former group, decided I was done with eating chicken (it was kind of just a silliness that got carried pretty far - I never liked chicken, and it was a reason not to eat it) and I actually got about half of my "side" to do the same. It was a pretty big thing. Got some parents upset because their kids weren't eating chicken.<br><br>
I think it was that background that pushed me over the threshold when I asked myself, "if chickens, why not the rest?"<br>
I was in middle school, trying to define myself, and I had already begun forging a path in that direction.<br>
One of the best decisions of my life.
 
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