OR THE STORY OF WHY AND HOW I BECAME VEGAN
I get this question so often that I think it is about time to give a proper answer. Going vegan wasn't something that I was planning to. In fact, if you have asked me three years ago am I planning to go vegan I would probably say something like this: “Vegan? No! What are you talking about?”
It’s funny how things change, isn't it?
I have been loving animals my entire life and I would never hurt an animal intentionally. Yet, for the most of my life, that didn't stop me from eating their dead flesh, wear their skin and fur, sleep on their feathers, drink and eat their body fluids, use beauty products tested on them and enjoy seeing them in captivity or performing tricks in the circus.
Now how’s that even possible?
HYPOCRISY, you may say and you couldn't be more wrong!
I am afraid that the answer is far more frightening and more dangerous.
I was ignorant about the suffering of the animals.
I was ignorant about their pain and how they are treated.
I was ignorant about the hell that they live in before being slaughtered or skinned (alive).
And I'm not an ignorant person; on the contrary I am well-educated, always curious, always hungry for knowledge. Always scratching the surface, always digging deeper, always looking for a different perspective.
And yet so many years I was ignorant for something so obvious! Do you want to know why?
Well, this is where “Normal” steps in. We’ve been thought by the Society what is right and what is wrong since our early age. We've been told what is normal and what is not. We've been told how to behave, what to say, even what to think! And for our Society using and extinguishing other species for our own greed, convenient or selfishness is considered as NORMAL.
Guess what? Normal is subjective. Normal is an illusion. Normal doesn't even exist. As Morticia Addams says:
And I don't want to be a part of society that turns suffering and killing of innocent beings into something acceptable. Not anymore! That's it! I don't wanna be Normal anymore!
I WANNA BE VEGAN!
To be continued...
Are you a vegan or vegetarian? What was your turning point? Share with me in the comments below :)