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<span style="color:#000080;"><span style="font-family:Georgia;">Hi everyone! I'm in need of answers! For my English course I had to create a survey regarding my research topic. My goals are to bring light to people who don't know how destructive a meat-based diet can be to our bodies, environment, and of course the poor animals. I am a vegetarian, trying to be vegan, and I really want to show people that it is a healthy way to live! My goal in this particular survey is to see peoples' responses to the devestating affects of the meat industry. I want to know if they are faced with the truth, if it changes their mind about consuming meat. For those who are already vegetarian/vegan I want to know what made you change, and how long. I was only limited to 10 questions, so I would LOVE extra responses to this thread or in the "other" section on the survey. My findings will be used in my research report. I understand that it is a poor survey, but without paying for a membership it's the best I could do, so don't judge me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
The survey link is through SurveyMonkey, per instructed through my school.<br>
The link is here:<br><br><a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D2STPX2" target="_blank">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D2STPX2</a><br><br>
And again, please leave extra stories on here about reasons why you became one, if you feel healthier, maybe what country/region you are from, just anything that you want! You are just helping me spread the word that a plant-based diet is healthy for us and it helps support animal welfare, our environment, and our world as a whole.<br><br>
thanks in advance for any help!!</span></span>
 

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Done with survey <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'm actually from the central U.S., which hasn't historically been a veg-friendly part of the country -- I had to seek out information online and in libraries/bookstores in order to learn more about the vegetarian lifestyle than merely the not-eating-meat component. There have definitely been improvements in restaurants, shopping, etc. where I am from, but we still have a long way to go.<br><br>
A word of advice -- I LOVE the pro-veg literature by Neal Barnard, T. Colin Campbell, and others, and films like <i>Food, Inc.</i> and <i>Earthlings</i> definitely left a profound and lasting impact on me. But as a graduate student pursuing a Masters degree in English, I can tell you that the best way to compose an academic research project is by utilizing the more objective source material, like surveys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">, scientific studies, articles from academic journals, etc. Even though we may agree with all or most of what the veg*n authors and filmmakers have to say, and even if they provide extensive bibliographies, the authors and filmmakers themselves are not considered to be objective. You are more likely to convince opponents of the veg*n and animal rights movements with the academic sources, and then if any omnivores who read your research paper are interested, you can definitely refer them to those other sources.<br><br>
Best of luck with your project!
 

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Thank you for the references you recommended and taking my survey! I have been meaning to watch Food, Inc.. it's on Netflix! I actually think I may go watch that now. I have been looking for a nice book to read up on. I was recommended <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Kind Diet</span>, but I just don't think Alicia Silverstone references would be taken seriously, haha! I have solid information from the USDA and United Nations, but I am trying to look for more academic journals, better quality surveys, and studies. I have been looking at library databases online. I honestly believe more people would be willing to adjust to a vegetarian lifestyle if they simply knew the facts, but some people when faced with them still have no desire to even cut down on meat. I just don't get it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I live in the midwest, where all you see is corn and farms. It was hard at first to be a vegetarian here, but I think it is the best decision I have made! I am trying to be vegan, but there just aren't many options in my town for meat/dairy alternatives. I do drink soy milk and found a (Kraft-like) soy cheese slice I enjoy. I only buy eggs from organic free-range farms, and from a farmer's market.<br><br>
Anyways, thank you! I appreciate the feedback VERY much!
 

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I've done the survey for you. Just a comment on a couple of your answers:<br><br>
PLEASE, please please please note that 'could care less' which you are using to mean 'I could not care less' actually makes no sense. If you 'could care less' it means (think about it) that you must care something in order to be able to care LESS. If you couldn't care less that means your care level is at zero, so you literally could not care less. But if somebody answers that they 'could care less' that means that they in fact do care more than zero, and they could care less if they wanted to.<br><br>
I'm labouring the point and I'm being a pedant, but it's a real bugbear of mine! Perhaps David Mitchell can explain it better to you:<br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw</a>
 

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Thank you! I have noticed quite a few things that I want to change it that survey, but since it has started I cannot make changes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Sadly, I learned my lesson. Procrastination to meet deadlines lead to many errors. What I was trying to say by that option is giving the choice that some people just 'don't care about health issues, the environment, or the animals'. Not that their level of caring may change, just that they honestly don't care what happens to those issues. I wanted it to be different than the 'these facts make no difference to me' option. The 'no difference' option means that someone can tell them whatever they want and it makes no difference. The other was trying to state that people will eat meat (or not) with no reguards to the issues because they don't care about them, they are unimportant or petty issues.<br><br>
Anyways, just a clarifyer for any future responders.<br><br>
Thanks for your input!!<br>
I do wish I could change my poor wording for some of the questions/responses.
 

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Completed your survey. Good Luck.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>swifty</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2973249"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Thank you! I have noticed quite a few things that I want to change it that survey, but since it has started I cannot make changes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Sadly, I learned my lesson. Procrastination to meet deadlines lead to many errors. What I was trying to say by that option is giving the choice that some people just 'don't care about health issues, the environment, or the animals'. Not that their level of caring may change, just that they honestly don't care what happens to those issues. I wanted it to be different than the 'these facts make no difference to me' option. The 'no difference' option means that someone can tell them whatever they want and it makes no difference. The other was trying to state that people will eat meat (or not) with no reguards to the issues because they don't care about them, they are unimportant or petty issues.<br><br>
Anyways, just a clarifyer for any future responders.<br><br>
Thanks for your input!!<br>
I do wish I could change my poor wording for some of the questions/responses.</div>
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Swifty - I didn't mean to have a go at you personally, and I know my original post came across as a bit mean and nit-picking: for that I apologise. It's just that every American I hear speak these days uses the phrase 'I could care less' and it drives me nuts!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'd love to say 'I couldn't care less' about it, but I do, so I suppose 'I could care less'!<br><br>
I think most Americans interpret 'could care less' as 'couldn't care less' so your survey is fine really ;I'm just a picky Brit, I'm afraid...<br><br>
I composed a survey a year or so ago, and it was only when it was up and running (and I'd given the link to loads of people) that I noticed several grammatical and spelling errors - so I know what it's like.
 

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Hi<br><br>
Just joined this forum and completed your survey. Pretty straight forward answers for me as a vegetarian for 10 years and recently becoming a vegan. I too would be interested to know the reasons of not only why people are vegetarians/vegans but why people continue to eat meat, even when faced with facts about animal cruelty in factory farms, the damage to the environment and their own health. So I look forward to the results of your survey <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:"><br><br>
Found a link with a good summary of reasons to be vegetarian/vegan and how to win an argument with a meat eater.<br><br><a href="http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/09/how-to-win-an-argument-with-a-meat-eater.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/0...eat-eater.html</a><br><br>
Mike
 

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It was information much like the kind in your survey that made me a vegetarian, plus I just didn't want to eat animal carcasses anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> I was debating being a vegetarian and had given up red meat, then I was given a veganoutreach flyer at a concert and it was all over! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I became a vegetarian and then went on a hunt for information. I picked up <i>Eating Animals</i> by Jonathan Safran Foer from the library and promptly purchased it. I devoured info on the internet.<br><br>
End result? I'll never go back!
 
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