Sitting in a comfy armchair, a mug of chai tea with a splash of soy milk in hand, I began my dissent into what my father would call my craziest impulse yet (tattoos, nose ring and dyed hair aside) – Veganism.
I know, at this point, there will be many people rolling their eyes and scrolling on, but if you want to live a life without hypocrisy, I’d say keep reading.
Armed with my iPad and a hunger to learn, I took to the internet to soak up all the information on veganism I could like a proverbial sponge.
A few articles in, my mind was reeling. It was amazing, how there were so many benefits to veganism that I had never even considered. I knew about how it was healthier and a great way to protect animals and live without causing harm, but I didn’t think about some of the other benefits. One example is from the human rights perspective. According to one website, working conditions on some meat and dairy processing plants and farms are so terrible they have adverse effects on staff. Imagine having to inflict suffering on an animal for all day, every day, week after week.
I watched a video titled 101 Reasons to Go Vegan and, as cliché as it sounds, it changed my entire world. There is so much hypocrisy in this world we live in, and so much of that hypocrisy is evident in the fact that we exploit some animals while keeping others as pets. I watched the video with tears welling, but with so much curiosity and passion and desire for change.
There is so much information at our fingertips in this age of the internet. We have access to more and more information every minute. I want to use my platform to make changes, and to help, in any way I can, big or small. To live a life without causing harm is one I would be proud of.
I’m trying to avoid sounding like the overbearing advocate, by avoiding such clichéd idiosyncrasies like quoting “be the change you wish to see in the world” and “we can change one step at a time” and all of the things we have heard so often they have lost all meaning.
I highly recommend that anyone who likes animals, who has a dog or cat or a fish at home, to watch this video with an open mind. It might change how you think.
Note: Photos are not mine.
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