Something that another member (David Costa- Hi I'm AJ I hope it's okay that I borrowed this quote from your post) wrote really resonated with me-
"After seeing how I can live without meat the animal cruelty issue starts to bother me more."
I did go vegan for selfish reasons- good health, which I guess is not so selfish in a negative way, but I was only doing it for me. Once I started doing more research about the lifestyle and learned that we really have no business eating animals, the cruelty of the industry started to affect me quite strongly. It reawakened my lifelong love of animals- when I was younger, my parents used to joke that I would own a farm one day. Throughout my youth and teen years(which are not so far gone, I'm only 21 =] ) I lost focus of what I loved. I ate meat, I was a major consumer even though I consumed things that were "un-mainstream" for the most part.
After being vegan for almost a year now, I've gotten back in touch with how much I love animals. My veg roommate and I have talked about moving to Florida so we can grow our own food and rescue pigs. This is something I never would have imagined I'd be dreaming of doing a year ago!
I love animals so much and I feel that speaking up for them and educating people about the cruelty in the industry (combined with a humanitarian/environmental approach) is a huge part of my mission now. Just wanted to see if anyone else felt this way, or if anyone had something special they love about animals that they wanted to share!
Gonna start by sharing my favorite animal as of late- Honduran White Bats! Just look at these little guys, could they be cuter?! (click the link under "attachments" for the picture, so worth it)
I used to love animals alot when I was a kid too, buying into the belief that they are just food makes it really easy to deal with what is done to them. It is starting to reverse in the last two weeks I've been HCRV and realizing the vegan crowd are the types of friends I need.
agreed. it has gotten really hard for me to be around people eating meat and dairy. my roommate will have her "food" on the counter, and i see a poor, dead chicken and it makes me angry. and i cannot watch people drinking milk or eating cheese... or eggs. ugh, haha