I've been a healthy happy vegan for more than 20 years and I'm very grateful and happy for the healthy choice I made. My health is much better for it and I'm grateful that my diet and lifestyle are gentle, light, heart-healthy, and compassionate. I went vegan for many reasons. I had been vegetarian for 10 years and I felt tired of being sick and tired from eating animal protein that kept making me sick. I am the biggest animal lover I know and I care very deeply for and have total respect for all animals. When I look into the eyes of a cat, a dog, or a cow, I see the same beautiful magical thing in all 3; wisdom, a beautiful sweet soul, and total love and curiosity about me. My decision to go vegan was primarily because I'm very lactose intolerant and dairy products nearly killed me so it was primarily health motivated, but at the same time I learned about the heinous atrocities being committed against animals and I was horrified and devastated. I didn't have to watch the video, "meet your meat," to be completely disgusted and heartbroken by the ugliness of the meat and dairy industry. I've been a highly sensitive gentle Soul since childhood and I could never stomach the thought or site of any animal being abused. When I read information in John Robbins' book, "Diet For A New America," I wept for hours and I couldn't eat so I put the book down to catch my breath and regrouped and centered myself. Factory farming is indeed a heinous ugly disgusting industry and anyone who is considering going vegetarian or vegan should give serious thought to reading John Robbins' book. Knowing what I know, I wouldn't consume anything that came from an animal and I wouldn't use anything that involved hurting an animal. Animals are here on Earth to be loved, to be cared for, and to be our friends.
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