So, I heard you’re a vegetarian but not a vegan.
I sympathize. I was vegetarian for a long time before I went vegan. There were a lot of reasons I didn’t go vegan and I’m guessing there are a lot of reasons you haven’t gone vegan.
One reason I continued to eat dairy and eggs: when I first tried to go vegan my omni “friends” sabotaged me by putting animal products into my food. They were mean and they bullied me into eating more like them. (Some omnis try to trick or bully vegans and vegetarians. One poll suggests about 10-20% of omnis deliberately feed vegans nonvegan food.)
Anyway, I stayed vegetarian for a long time before I went vegan. I justified my dairy and egg consumption in a variety of ways (claiming that veganism was too difficult, too expensive, too ineffective, or too unhealthy) until finally I felt free enough to go vegan for good.
My freedom came in the forms of:
- knowledge - I learned that veganism is easy, cheap, effective, and healthy
- resources - websites, restaurants, clubs, books and more helped me learn where and how to eat
- loving relationships – with human and nonhuman animals helped me get honest about my priorities
- experience - I spent a vacation (at Farm Sanctuary) as a 100% vegan to try it out and I realized it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it was
And now there’s no going back. I’m totally and completely converted. I’ll be vegan for the rest of my life.
Vegetarian is kind of obvious: flesh is flesh. You can’t get meat (yet) without killing animals. (This is why some children go vegetarian of their own volition, when they realize where meat comes from, they’re often horrified and want to stop it.)
But with milk and eggs the harm is not as obvious. Often someone needs to help make the connections. I’m here for you to make those connections.
If you’re interested, here are some links and a video that might help persuade you to dump the dairy:
- Milk Machines
- Why Vegan: Cow Insemination
- And this video of DAIRY cows sent to slaughter:
- Every dairy cow is destined for slaughter.
And here are some links and a video regarding eggs:
This is a good website for why free-range or organic is not enough:
Humane Myth. The cows and chickens still die. And they still live horrible lives.
Please consider taking your vegetarianism to its logical conclusion: veganism.
(PS – feel free to forward this letter to another vegetarian.)