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I thought it would be kind of fun/interesting to post a couple of the ridiculous questions I’ve gotten since I became vegan. These are my two favorites:

“If you were stranded on an island with only your dog, and you ran out of all other food, would you kill your dog and eat him?”

Um. No. No, I would not. I also would not eat any children that I may have given birth to on that island – I mean, he is like my CHILD. Secondly, though, why am I stranded on an island with only my dog? And how long was I there that I ate EVERYTHING the island had to offer? Didn’t I pick up any agricultural skills while I was there? Does the island have powers that make people stupid??  Regardless, no, I would not eat my only companion, thankyouverymuch.

“Let’s say you had a cow and you really loved your cow and treated her really well. Then let’s say that cow gave birth, but the baby died of natural causes. Would you milk the cow and drink the milk?”

At the time, I couldn’t think of a good comeback to this, but a friend of mine later gave me this: “If your dog had a litter of puppies and all the puppies died, would you milk the mother and drink it?” Too good–and I really wish I had thought of this in the moment.

Don’t get me wrong – I am more than willing to answer questions for people who are legitimately curious about being vegan….but these particular questions just didn’t strike me as “legitimate”. Call me crazy. No, really, I don’t mind.

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A little less than a year ago, I made the decision to become a vegetarian.  Bored at work, I had started reading articles online about the horrible animal cruelty that has become so prevalent on America’s factory farms.  Having grown up on a small farm in the Midwest, my idea of a cattle farm was vastly different from the ones I read about on animal welfare websites.  I couldn’t believe the types of abuses that were commonplace on these large, industrialized farms.  It broke my heart. 

For almost 27 years I ignored it.  I ignored the fact that the meat on my plate was once a living, breathing animal – a sentient being capable of love, joy, fear, curiosity, frustration and especially, pain.  The more I read, the more I knew I couldn’t ignore it anymore.  The choice to go vegetarian was something I contemplated for what seemed like a long time.  I knew that for me it was the right thing to do, given my views on animal treatment, but at the same time I had so many questions: 

Will one person going vegetarian actually make a difference anyway?

What will my (omnivore) family and friends think?

Where will I get my protein if I don’t eat meat?

How will this affect my life?

Can I even do it?

In short, despite my convictions, it wasn’t an easy decision, but one day I decided to commit to it.  I haven’t looked back.  In fact, I just continued to look forward.

Almost immediately after going vegetarian, I got involved with a local animal rights organization and started contemplating veganism.  I knew I didn’t want to contribute to animal suffering, and the more I learned about the abuses that are so common in the egg and dairy industries, the more I felt like becoming a vegan was the right thing for me to do.  However, the same questions presented themselves.  As a lifelong lover of cheese and milk chocolate, I wasn’t quite sure I could do it.  I mean, I really, REALLY loved cheese and chocolate.

I’m happy to report, however, that I finally did bite the bullet and commit to veganism, and I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself for it.  I finally feel like I’m living my values.  I’m doing something that’s good for my body, good for the environment, and most of all, good for animals.   One person does make a difference, and even if you proved to me that it didn’t, I’d still be vegan because living what I believe in makes me feel good.

So, that’s my story.  Stay posted for more info on factory farming, the animal rights movement (past and present), and veganism!

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