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Why I’m Vegan

December 28, 2009

Another off-topic post here at HHV but this has been on my mind A LOT lately and writing it all down helps me remember exactly why I do what I do. When people talk about being Vegan, they will give a number of different reasons and all of them are completely valid. For me, though, it only has to do with one thing and one thing only: animals deserve to live their own lives free of pain and suffering.

It’s been nearly 3 years since I decided to be a Vegan and that decision wasn’t taken lightly; it made complete sense for me at the time and still does today. Lately, though, things have become difficult. Maybe it’s the holidays, maybe because I’ve started dating an amazing person who happens to be an omni, or perhaps maybe it’s just because I’ve become comfortable in my day to day routine that I began to forget why I do what I do. I began to go through the motions and not think about the reasons behind my Veganism: all those little lives, faces, feelings.

There are a lot of people I love in my life that don’t understand exactly why I’m Vegan, nor will they ever be Vegan themselves. I don’t judge them or love them any less for this. We are all on our own journeys and paths in life and I love them more for not judging my choices, but rather embracing who I am and incorporating aspects of that into their own lives.

So this isn’t some big, long, logical explanation about why I’m Vegan because there really isn’t one. It’s all emotion and all heart. I understand the other reasons and I use those arguments when people come at me defensively (which people tend to do when they find out I’m Vegan…what’s that about anyway?!), but if you want to know why I’m Vegan, I’ll simply show you why. (All photos were taken at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY this summer).

Theresa is a rescued dairy cow. She would have been raped over and over again for 5 or 6 years to produce calves she couldn’t even give the milk that was meant for them. After which point she would have just been slaughtered and thrown out like trash. What? Did you think they just MADE the milk?

Then there’s Cash who would just have been used again and again for his wool. Think that’s not painful? Look up flystrike and you’ll think differently. He’s such a handsome boy:

Also, because I’m Vegan, chickies like these aren’t giving up their lives for me as nuggets, get to live beyond the 42 days of a broiler chicken, and don’t have to be ground up alive as a “by-product” of the egg industry. (And if you’ve never seen little chicken butts run to dinner time, you are missing one of the cutest things on Earth):

And lastly, make all the lame bacon jokes you want, but these guys are amazingly intelligent, sweet and loving. They aren’t meant to be on a pizza, BLT, or a double cheeseburger thankyouverymuch.

So really, that’s it and that’s all. It’s why I am who I am and why I do what I do. And what I’ll continue to do…for them. Now pass me Divine Cupcake, please. NOM.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Vigneault permalink
    December 29, 2009 12:58 AM

    “animals deserve to live their own lives free of pain and suffering.”

    I agree 🙂

  2. Claire permalink
    December 29, 2009 6:49 AM

    I’ve been vegan for 8 years now and it’s nice to take a moment and remember why. Your reasons are the same as mine, so very nice to read your post today.

  3. December 29, 2009 10:34 AM

    Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan:

    Also see Gary Yourofsky:

  4. Hathor permalink
    December 29, 2009 1:11 PM

    Yeah, sometimes we get so tied up in surviving ourselves that we can forget our reasons for our lifestyle. It’s good to remember with every single thing that passes our lips that we haven’t harmed another being. Going by the (UK) Vegan Society’s figures there’ll be 1,000 fewer animals killed during my lifetime because I went vegan – I’m really thankful for that.

  5. chris permalink
    December 29, 2009 3:13 PM

    Great post! I agree 100%.

  6. twoveganboys permalink
    December 30, 2009 10:51 AM

    This is a wonderful entry. I really like your blog.

  7. amanda permalink
    January 2, 2010 8:13 PM

    chicken butts!

  8. March 16, 2010 7:30 PM

    I love the post! I am a teenager who has been a vegetarian for quite some time now. No one else is a vegetarian in my family and no one understand why I became one. However, I understand and I have my reasons and I guess that is all that really matters.

  9. November 21, 2010 3:33 PM

    Very nice article and love the pictures. My boyfriend USED to be an omni. Remember your journey, feed him well and if he is compassionate he will adapt and change on his own.

  10. Sinead Kerr permalink
    December 17, 2011 4:39 AM

    I think the times are a-changin’. More and more people are getting sick and tired of the Capitalist system’s exploitation of animals. The horrific treatment of these humble sentient beings is just one way human beings have proven themselves to be barbarians. The only way to stop the cruelty dished out to these animals is too stop eating them and using them for dairy products, wool, leather etc. Even if the ethics of animal slaughter improved (which it won’t in this culture) what right do we have to put them through the fear of being killed. Killing and eating animals is not necessary for our survival because most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets. The physiology of our bodies is alike herbivores anyway! The only reason we consume a lot of meat in this culture and use animals products e.g. wool, leather etc is because the capitalist system discovered it to be a very successful method to make a lot of profit (the meat industry makes more money each year than any other food industry) and increases its brainwashing techniques to keep the consumption rate going. Do people ever question why the hell we drink cow’s milk when it is for calves – humans have been programmed to be robots and only a minority are fighting back!


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