Let 2017 be the year you make a difference. Let it be the year you make a change. Let it be the year you go vegan! I truly believe that every person is born with compassion in their heart. Your life experiences, what your taught, that disconnect you learn as you get older.. that all can change the compassion you're born with. It's time to get that back! There's no better time than the present!
I'm gonna lay some truth down for you guys. These are harsh truths. Some of these truths are gonna probably hurt your feelings. They're probably gonna piss you off too. You might even be mad at me at the end of this. But I'm willing to take that risk, because my passion for animals and them living a happy life is one of the strongest feelings I've ever known. So in advance I apologize for the foul language and your possible hurt feelings. Just remember at the end of this I still love you guys. You've been warned.
As a vegan, it's my responsibility, no, it's my DUTY, to be a voice for the voiceless. Those animals can't tell you things, but I can. Bullshit ads tell you "milk does a body good," and "cage free eggs," and they show commercials with these chickens eating healthy meals just living the dream. WAKE UP PEOPLE! You've been fed bullshit your entire life. You've been raised to think a certain way. But, there is no such thing as humane meat. The conditions and the pure fucking torture these animals go through is VERY REAL. You don't have to take my word for it. A quick internet search will show you what you refuse to see. These animals do not consent to this shit. Murder is murder!
This truth is gonna hurt a lot of people. No matter how much you disagree, you absolutely can't truly love animals if you eat them. If you're reading this and you're not vegan, you're probably pissed off. Good. Get pissed off. That's your conscience trying to tell you that I'm right. You're a good person who's got a great big heart that's reading this right now. You probably donate to local charities, hold the door for people, say thank you, maybe even do some volunteer work. You ARE a good person. I know this. In your head you're like "..but I have birthday parities for my dog and only feed them the best food. They eat better than I do! My pets are my children!" And I believe you when you say that. You're probably the best dog mom/dad! But your dog, in the grand scheme of thing, is no different than that cow you had for dinner. Your dog just got lucky, and that cow didn't. You choose to rub your dogs belly, and instead choose to eat that cows belly. It's called beef tripe. It's disgusting. Cows are literally oversized dogs. They act just like them. And did you know that chickens purr? THEY PURR LIKE CATS. They even dream! You don't get to decide to love one and eat another because they are the EXACT SAME where it counts. They feel emotions; love, sadness, fear, all of them. They bleed the same. They feel pain the same way. They hurt. They form bonds with each other and humans alike. One doesn't deserve to die more than the other. All of their lives matter.
You can live without your burgers and your steaks. You won't die without chicken fingers. Life won't come to an end without cheese. I promise you this. Most vegans don't just stop eating these things because they don't like them. They stop because they listen to their hearts instead of their stomachs.
Anything you can eat I can eat vegan. I'm not saying you won't make sacrifices, you will. You'll struggle and slip up. You'll get frustrated. You'll miss certain foods. I miss cheese every single day. I friggin loved cheese, and ate it with pretty much every meal I had. But I stopped because I didn't want to be a part of the cruelty of raping cows to impregnate them, and almost as quickly as that calf is born, he's snatched from her, murdered and turned into veal, while the mommy cow is crying her eyes out and having that milky pus drained from her udders so I could have a piece of fucking cheddar cheese.
Candy corns were like crack to me. But I stopped because I didn't want to be a part of the cruelty bees face to get said honey. Ripping the queen bees wings off so she can't leave the colony, and that's just the tip of the iceburg.
And no one could put away a bag of marshmallows faster than I could. I still even pick up a bag and smell them like a feign at the store every time I see them, no shame. But I stopped because I didn't want anything to do with consuming boiled bones, tendons, skin or ligaments of animals in my life.
So yeah, it'll be hard, really hard at times, but your soul and your heart will be fulfilled, and your conscience will be clear.
Don't hesitate. Don't think about it. Just do it. Listen to your heart, and go vegan. Even if it takes you years to get there, do it. Throw out all your shitty fur coats and leather garbage and substitute it for faux leather. Every time you finish up a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, makeup item.. replace it with a vegan substitute. Let Meatless Monday's turn into Tofu Tuesday's until the whole week is animal free. You got this.
Be the person your cat/dog thinks you are. Be that person in all aspects of your life. Treat other animals the way you treat them.
Think of me as your built in guide for this journey. I'm here for you. I'm here for every question you have. I'm here for recipes. I'm here when you feel like you're struggling to stay on track. I'm here to lend an ear and to lend a helping hand. I'm here. You can email me, you can message me on my Facebook or my Instagram. No question is too big, too small, or too stupid. I'm here for you.
Good luck, my friends!