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Hello ! I'm making a school work about vegetarianism, so, why did you start to exclude meat, eggs, diary, etc.. of your diet?<br>
Have you been a vegetarian before of becoming vegan?<br><br>
I'm from Spain so, sorry for my bad english, thank you all ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I was vegetarian for five-six years before becoming vegan. I stopped eating meat because I didn't want to eat animals and didn't understand how other people could in full knowledge of what they were doing. When I became vegan it was an extension of the same reasoning (animal rights and welfare) and happened because I learned more about the egg and dairy industry and then about the other aspects of being vegan. I have now been a vegan for just over eight and a half years.
 

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I was only vegetarian for a couple of months before I started working my way towards veganism. The main reason behind the decision was because of my feelings towards the ways animals are treated. I had always identified myself as animal lover, and for many years didn't eat chicken because I had kept them as pets and seen that they were every bit as deserving of life as my dog or cat. The realization that they (farm animals) were no different from other animals was a huge lightbulb moment. I think making the choice to go vegan was a way for me to extend that consideration to all of the other animals I claimed I cared about. Once decided, it just seemed right.
 

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I gave up red meat when I was about 10 because my mom and sister did and convinced me to do it. As I grew up I learned that it really was unhealthy so I never started eating it again. I went vegan a few months ago after I watched some documentaries (forks over knives, food matters, earthlings). These movies led me into hours of research and after a very late night I have not eaten meat, eggs, or dairy for about 3 months now.<br><br>
So health was first and foremost. Research led me to things like earthlings and factory farming and I realized I cared more for animals than I originally thought.<br><br>
I guess it all comes down to:<br>
People can not only survive, but thrive on a vegan diet. This has been proven time and time again. So why take another sentient beings life when you don't have to? If I was stranded in the wild and had to fight for my survival, yeah I would eat what I could to survive. But that is not the case. In today's society, not only is it unnecessary, it is extremely harmful to our bodies, the animals, and the earth.
 

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I stopped eating meat for ethical reasons, and those same reasons apply to milk and eggs as well. The industries which produce these consumables treat animals exactly like inanimate objects with no regards for their lives, their safety or their comfort. I don't enjoy the idea of paying others to wantonly promote suffering. It's really that simple for me. On another level it's logically consistent for me. I've been straight edge since I was a teen, and skeptical about other societal things like homophobia and strict religious beliefs even longer. Being skeptical and open minded about diet followed suit. It was only a matter of time before I made a change.
 

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i stopped eating meat when i looked into my parent's little piggy's eyes and decided no more. became vegan shortly after for ethical reasons, felt like a hypocrite after learning about the egg and dairy industries.
 

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Because I refuse to support any sort of diet that endorses the omelet.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Snowcone</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3052825"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Because I refuse to support any sort of diet that endorses the omelet.</div>
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you cant word it like that cuz i love omelets and still eat one every few days<br><a href="http://www.brendajwiley.com/omelette.html" target="_blank">http://www.brendajwiley.com/omelette.html</a>
 

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For animals, the planet, and human health. By human health I mean both public health and my own wellness.<br><br>
Yes, I was vegetarian first.
 

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After 17 years of stomach pain I fired all my doctors and found the answer myself: I'm mildly allergic to chocolate, eggs, and processed meats- any of those can put me in pain for a week+.<br>
Thus a 'lacto-chicken-hamburger vegetarian' was born<br>
I kept up my research and, confident that I could change my diet because I already had, I eventually went full vegan for additional health promotion.
 

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Mostly for the animals. Better digestion, weight loss and more energy were an added bonus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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because being vegan is awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I decided to cut meat out of my diet for health reasons at first. The more I began to research and become aware of the exploitation of animals, I knew I could no longer contribute to the suffering. I went vegetarian for a week and then vegan after that. It's only been about 8 months now, but I've never once doubted my decision.<br><br>
Good luck with your paper! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Initially just because i don't want to hurt animals, especially since they haven't hurt me ^^ I don't like having blood on my hands. And, secondary, to reduce climate change, desertification, and improve my health.
 
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