I've been a vegetarian for about a year now after deciding I no longer wanted to gain any pleasure from someone else's pain. I was practically addicted to meat so it was really hard for me at first, but it's got a lot easier. Now I'm trying to decide whether or not I should go vegan.
I've heard a lot about cruelty in other countries involving dairy products but have always thought that in the UK cows and chickens lead pretty happy lives. I don't eat animal products like gelatin and only buy free range eggs and have reasoned that these animals are sheltered and fed in return for what they give us. I've even heard that cows need to be milked and find it painful when they're not. I've been to countless farms in the UK in the past and the cows and chickens seem happy to me.
So can anyone in the UK tell me any different? Am I being naive in thinking no cruelty is involved? It will be a hassle for me to go vegan.. I'm already underweight and get a lot of my protein from eggs, but if pain is involved then I don't mind changing.
What else wouldn't I be able to eat and why?
For example... why should I not eat honey? what cruelty is involved?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated but please don't tell me about health benefits. The only reason I'd become a vegan is for ethical reasons.