Vegan: A Kinder Way To Live :DThere is a lot of cruelty within the egg and dairy industries. Hens crammed 5-6 in a cage for eggs (free range are packed into sheds by the thousands) and dairy cows artificially inseminated every cycle to give birth to a baby that will either be turned into veal or given back to the dairy industry, all so humans can have her milk that was intended for the baby calf. So I couldn't go just vegetarian.
I went vegan overnight, and it didn't play too well on my system. Too much fiber my body wasn't used to. Thankfully, everything eventually settled out and my system got used to it :) I recommend people go vegetarian or vegan slowly and gradually, as to give your system time to adjust :) Some people can go cold tofurky and not have any problems, but it didn't work that way for me, so it's better to be safe than sorry.
I have been vegan for almost three years now, and I must say, being vegan has opened me up to other problems in the world too. I am way more concerned about the environment and human rights than I have ever been. I always recycle and reuse now (I never did o.o) or get second hand products, and I try to buy fair trade items when I can.
I'm definitely happier and I feel as if my life has a purpose thanks to my greater awareness. This is definitely as lifestyle for me, as vegans, in addition with not consuming animal products, they do not buy any clothing articles that are made from animals, buy any animal tested products or products with animal ingredients, and they do not support places which make money off of animal exploitation, such as Rodeos, SeaWorld, Zoos, etc. Of course it's not about being 100% perfect, but we do what we can to minimize our impact. (But believe me, I still have tons of fun without the cruelty. Lazer tag is vegan x) )
Some people try and shy away from the truth because they know the truth would change them, and to them I always think, "then why are you shying away?" xD Wanting to change, not for yourself but for other beings who are at your mercy to be kind is obviously a good thing :P
Some people say that veganism is just a personal choice. However, the choice to eat animals and their products, doesn't take into account the animals choice to live. As civilized people, I would assume we are aware that it is not in good character to make choices that violate others' basic choices.