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feline01
Feb 21st, 2005, 04:14 PM
I'm curious as to how people reached their veganism.

Poison Ivy
Feb 21st, 2005, 04:38 PM
I read 'Food' by Susan Powter - I'd been aware of veganism for a while, but reading this book gave me the final nudge I needed :)

Spiral
Feb 21st, 2005, 04:40 PM
I was at a cat show (many years ago before I knew better) and there was a demonstration against a judge at the show who also bread cats for vivisection. I spoke to some of the protestors and took some leaflets and decided to find out more. Needless to say I was shocked by what I'd found out about vivisection and joined the BUAV. In the BUAV magazine The Liberator there were adverts for other AR organisations and I quickly became vegetarian, turning vegan within weeks after reading a book called Fettered Kingdoms by John Bryant. To say that seeing those protestors and reading those leaflets changed my life forever is an understatement.

Tigerlily
Feb 21st, 2005, 05:00 PM
I wanted to just become vegetarian. I had no interest in getting rid of dairy so soon. But...for health reasons (sinus pressure headaches), I decided to not eat dairy. It was for purely health reasons. But since I wasn't going to eat dairy and I did want to be a vegetarian...why not go vegan?

So, I also wanted to get information on the "ethical" side of veganism, so I went to PETA and some other anti-meat/anti-milk sites.

veganfreak
Feb 21st, 2005, 05:12 PM
I was a vegetarian for many years before I became vegan. I became a vegetarian after reading Diet for a New America. Even though he advocates veganism, I thought that I'd just go vegetarian for a while as at least a partial measure. For some reason, that's where I stayed "stuck" for a while, even though veganism was in the back of my mind. Then I started to get to know more vegans, and I talked to them about veganism, which got me thinking more about how very possible and easy it would be. On top of it all, I re-read Animal Liberation by Singer and An Introduction to Animal Rights by Francione, and these two books got me thinking that if I was serious about animal rights and about not objectifying other beings, that I should do the most immediate thing and become a vegan. I did, and haven't looked back! :)

Kim[ba]
Feb 21st, 2005, 05:40 PM
I read The Buddhist Diet (http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/Buddhist%20Diet.htm) - just a brief online document about the buddhists cae for veganism. Immediatly after reading it, I decided right then I would go vegetarian, so for a week I ate only white meat, and every time I ate it, I felt bad, and I felt disgusted having that in my stomach. So after a week I dropped the meat habbit for about 3 or 4 months, then I watched a PETA video (meet your meat) and after seeing what happens to dairy cows, I simply could *not* eat dairy products either, so I found this forum, and decided to go the rest of the way on my birthday. Now I'm poppin B12 dots, making hummus, and even making my own soy milk :D

snivelingchild
Feb 21st, 2005, 06:28 PM
PETA. My aunt was always an animal person, rescues tons of cats and such, and taught me about many things growing up. She's not vegetarian, but has been many times (couldn't stick to it), but taught me to buy free-range and about Peta. I visited the site every now and then, but last year when I had a lot of time on my hands, and something on the front page caught my attention, I read, and read, and read. I found out all these things I'd never known and went vegan immediately. I also read Food Revolution, and that just solidified my new beliefs.

bluedawg
Feb 21st, 2005, 07:29 PM
meet your meat did it for me. i have been vegetarian since february 1993, but this past fall i started researching veganism a whole bunch and worked my way up to watching meet your meat. once i watched that, it was all over but the shouting, as they say. :)

phillip888
Feb 21st, 2005, 08:26 PM
I was vegetarian because I felt like it was wrong to eat animals. I didn't really know anything about 'vegetarian', but learned over the years. I had a few fumbling steps in that direction before it happened though. I was never in to the vegetarian culture or whatever it is. I went total vegetarian a few times for health reasons, but eventually looked at a block of tillimook cheese one day and saw the cows that it came from. Of course it had been on my mind before on some level, but that day looking at a half used block of cheese just did it. That was only two years ago, and I look back on over a decade of being vegetarian as a tragedy. There was never a reason for me to eat anything from animals. It took way too long.

feline01
Feb 21st, 2005, 09:23 PM
I was vegetarian because I felt like it was wrong to eat animals. I didn't really know anything about 'vegetarian', but learned over the years. I had a few fumbling steps in that direction before it happened though. I was never in to the vegetarian culture or whatever it is. I went total vegetarian a few times for health reasons, but eventually looked at a block of tillimook cheese one day and saw the cows that it came from. Of course it had been on my mind before on some level, but that day looking at a half used block of cheese just did it. That was only two years ago, and I look back on over a decade of being vegetarian as a tragedy. There was never a reason for me to eat anything from animals. It took way too long.
My story is pretty similar. My 6 years of vegetarianism sorta happened without any research, just sorta fell into it. It was my vegan coworker giving my loads of literature and reading Fast Food Nation that really pushed me to veganism.

Leigh
Feb 22nd, 2005, 02:32 AM
I was vegetarian for 8 years. I just woke up one day and decided that I didn't like the idea of animals being killed for me to eat. My step-dad had been vegetarian (but still ate fish) for years, but that didn't really have too much bearing on my decision. I read Fast Food Nation a couple of years ago, but reading a little book called But You Kill Ants was the turning point for my boyfriend and I to go vegan. He only got halfway through the book when he told me he thought we should go vegan. So we did. That was a year ago in March.

foxytina_69
Feb 22nd, 2005, 04:32 AM
i watched meet your meat, and stopped eating all animal products and have been vegan since.

Roxy
Feb 22nd, 2005, 07:00 AM
I ordered the free Vegetarian Starter Kit from PETA. I started to follow a vegan lifestyle within a week.

Stu
Feb 22nd, 2005, 07:28 PM
When I was a kid, I always found it weird that we'd read children's stories about the moo-cows and sheep and ugly ducklings and stuff, then go for lunch and eat a dead cow. My brain basically responded with "does not compute".

Although it wasn't until I was about 17 that I actually did anything about it.

This might have prompted me:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00002496X/qid=1109096688/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-5757031-3699637

Gorilla
Feb 23rd, 2005, 12:41 PM
i've never seen "Meet Your Meat" because i know it would upset me too much, though i suspect if i'd seen it while i was still vegetarian i would've gone vegan straight away.

i went veggie when i was 12, i had a friend who had been raised veggie and from talking to her i suddenly realised i didn't want to eat meat anymore. that was an overnight decision. however it took me much longer to become vegan, i started to consider it when i was 18 but ddn't do much about it. when i was about 20 i started cutting down on cows' milk (not that i drank much anyway, and never ate eggs on their own). i started shopping at places like Veganstore and incorporating vegan alternatives into my diet very gradually. i admired vegan celebrities like Moby, and Wendy Turner-Webster (i loved the TV show Pet Rescue!), but thought being vegan was too difficult for little old me (yes stupid i know :rolleyes: ).

i finally made the decision to go completely vegan on my 24th birthday, while visiting Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk (see their website here (www.hillside.org.uk) ). i'd supported them for years, and they encourage people to go veg*n. when i saw those beautiful animals living happily (and ate the delicious vegan snacks in their tea shop ;) ), i knew it was finally the right time for me to change.

so i voted for a combination of the two, because i went veggie overnight, approached veganism gradually, but made the decision to change very suddenly. :)

Tofu Monster
Feb 27th, 2005, 02:21 AM
i don't really know why i went vegan. i mean, i do obviously, but although it was not much more than a year ago and i can't remember why i suddenly decided to switch at that moment, having been a vegetarian since my teens.

talking of which, there's lot of talk of this 'meet your meat' film (which i haven't seen), but has anyone seen 'the animals film'? it dates back to the early 80's and it was the catalyst that got me interested in AR issues and vegetarianism.

Tash
Mar 1st, 2005, 11:35 PM
Why-?..
One day I just snapped... I'd been reading a book someone gave me called "Old MacDonald's Factory Farm". I was pretty much through it one day, and was working in critical care animal medicine at the time.. Well, A dog died. He was a friend of some 4 years. "Dave" was his name. Most handsome, gentle personality filled Greyhound rescue dog I'd ever seen. We hung out together every day at work all day long, and he was the "Blood donor" for the clinic. A veterinarian anesthetised him for a test procedure on the C-T scan machine we'd just gotten. He used sodium pentothal to knock him down initially. Any vet worth their salt knows you don't use that on any sight hounds. They sometimes die. Dave did, but it was while he was recovering, and on a weekend, and no one else was around. I watched his breath turn "rattling" and knew something was wrong. The last time his chest rose, I watched and it didn't rise again. I grabbed the 80 pound plus dog and hurled him onto a table, intubated him, started CPR, hit him with all the cardiac drugs and fluids, chest compressions while bagging. I did this alone for an hour. He never came back. I was hateful to the radiologist from that point on. Pretty angry at everything for some time, but that day I went home and realised the futility of my life. Here I was often doing CPR etc 2-3 times a day, and then I was going home and vicariously slaying animals to feed myself. This stole all the meaning of my work from me, and that moment I stopped in place. I knew no veggie folks at all. The first month was tough. Not from a "missing it" standpoint. But more from a "I had no clue standpoint" on what to eat.
Was that long enough-? Sorry.... That's pretty much how......T.

feline01
Mar 1st, 2005, 11:37 PM
Amazing story Tash. Hope you tell loads of omnivores that one. Really got to me.

Leigh
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:45 AM
What a sad story :(

Tash
Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:06 PM
What a sad story :(
I still carry Dave with me in my heart, and rarely a day passes ever that I don't think about him. Once someone's in there, you never really are apart...

Kelzie
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:28 AM
I took an ethics class six months ago...we read Singer and Benthem for the animal rights section, and it was just a chain of logic that couldn't be defeated no matter how hard I tried (and I did :rolleyes: ). But I went vegan at that instant and haven't looked back. Actually I've been feeling really guilty lately about eating meat before. I mean I obviously knew it was wrong on some level or I wouldn't have stopped, so why had I never even thought of at least vegetarianism (although it seems to me that if you don't eat meat for ethical reasons, you really have to be vegan)? Sorry for rambling, but it's my first post, and I just found this site, and I'm thinking it would have made my first week a lot easier. :D So to sum up for me: Singer and Benthem

l337_v3g4n_1
Mar 5th, 2005, 04:53 PM
www.milksucks.com

After reading around on it, I decided to go vegan right away, that day I also found this board! happy happy

Kiva Dancer
Mar 9th, 2005, 05:35 PM
Started researching things I could eat that didn't make me sick and found a whole cuisine full of food that looked really good. Suddenly, my restrictive diet didn't seem so restrictive at all. :D

From there, one thing led to the next and here I am. :)

Gorilla
Mar 9th, 2005, 06:30 PM
i forgot to mention in my earlier post, i have a penpal who went vegan with me. we were both veggie when we started writing to each other and after we'd been friends for a little while we both expressed our interest in going vegan. we decided to both do it at the same time (around autumn 2003) and we're both still really enjoying it :) so another small thing that helped contribute to my change to veganism.

dreama
Mar 15th, 2005, 04:47 PM
Well it's been very up and down diet wise for me.

I did get into animal rights in my teen although I found it very hard to be veggie never mind vegan. My parents wouldn't let me as they were firm believers in the 'necessity' of an omnivore diet. When I went to college I became vegitarian for a short spell before giving it up when I started loosing my sight. I'm afraid I became one of those 'anti' AR people. Although I still don't like etremests AR people like PETA, but then I don't like extremest anything.

Then I had this notion of keeping farm animals. Don't know where I got it from. I visited an agricultural college which had tought people how to factory farm pigs. It was AWFUL. I never ate pork after that. I also made sure all the meat I ate was free range/organic before giving up meat up altogether. 'Compasion in world farming' also had a lot of effect on my dissison to give up meat. I was even a vegan for a few months but I thought I wasn't getting enough calcium so gave it up and went back to being fishitarian.

Before I became vegan for the 2nd time I had started slimming again. A girl I liked on a harry potter message board was vegan and she linked me to a few vegan sites. I found cows were having it really tough too so I gave up all cows dairy products. Then fish and eggs although I did allow myself a fried organic egg every 6 weeks until I got used to doing without and did eat goats cheese which seemed less cruel. Now I've completely weaned myself off all animal products for the last 3 years.