My Vegan Story by Sherree Sheridan
I used to love my meat more than anyone. A sniff of a bacon butty set my taste buds drooling and chicken? Man oh man did I love chicken! They were my two main meats really. As weird as it sounds, I could never put lamb into my mouth. I thought about the little lambs frolicking in the fields and couldn’t bear to eat them. Why then didn’t I have the same reaction with other animals? I have no idea. Maybe the lambs looked more cute than the others, I really can’t answer why. At the time I didn’t know any other vegetarians or vegans so was quite happy in my animal eating world.
I remember seeing a program advertised on TV about how animals get from the farm yard onto our plates. This episode was about chickens. Do I watch it? Or don’t I? I didn’t want to live in ignorance about what happened and thought if I know what happens then I can make the choice to eat or not eat meat, based on facts.
I won’t go into detail as I’m sure you all know anyway what the process is but it was enough to make me vow never to eat chicken again.
Well that was all well and good but what about bacon? I’d be a hypocrite if I gave up chicken but not bacon so I decided to find out the facts about other meats. I found various videos online about what happens to these animals at the slaughterhouse. Tears poured down my face as I watched what those poor animals went through just so I and others could eat them. That wasn’t enough for me though. I found various books on the subject, one of them being The Pig Who Sang To The Moon. My heart broke all over again and that was the start of me being a vegetarian. I joined various groups and found out all I could. I had no idea of the animal involvement in foods that were not meat. I was horrified to say the least. So time to educate myself again. After a lot of studying I had learned enough to know that I wanted NO part of any animal in anything I ate or wore, even my skin products and household products were all changed. I could not and would not be part of these animals’ suffering.
And that is my path to being a vegan
About the author of this article:
Sherree Sheridan has been a writer for her whole life. She writes mostly poetry. Sherree is also involved in animal rescue.