I’ve recently made the decision to become vegan. It’s been a few months now, and I already know it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel healthier, I’ve lost some unwanted weight, but those things are really just a bonus and not the reason I made this choice.
I originally made the choice to go veggie because I finally woke up to the unbelievable suffering going on so that humans can eat meat. And I was a big meat eater. The day I first saw some of the undercover videos shot in factory farms was the day I made the decision, and I haven’t looked back. After watching the videos, I looked at our dog, and suddenly had a completely different emotional response to her. Suddenly I feel more connected to her and other animals and the environment.
I have two daughters ages 8 and 11, who have been brought up eating meat, and when I first became vegan, I felt so guilty that I had spent the last 10 years teaching my daughters to ignore their natural impulse to feel sympathy for animals.
A couple years ago, when my younger daughter was 6, we were at a seafood restaurant, the wait person brought out a plate of crab legs for my wife. My daughter just stared at it with her mouth hanging open. Finally she said, “They are so mean to crabs here.” And of course, my wife and I thought that was sweet and cute, but ultimately we managed to desensitize both daughters so that they no longer react to meat with that kind of natural compassion and feeling. Until I became vegan.
It’s been 7 months now since I made the switch, and while I haven’t gotten the whole family to go vegan, meat is completely gone from our menu. My youngest daughter has even stopped drinking cow’s milk and reminds me when it’s time to buy more rice milk. My older daughter voluntarily gave a speech to her 6th grade class about reasons to be vegetarian and my younger daughter boos the TV when any restaurant commercial comes on showing meat. 🙂 My mother-in-law has even asked for some of my recipes!
Your podcast has been wonderful and educational, and I can’t wait for the next one. Thank you so much for providing such a great resource.
~Chris in Illinois