I have just gone vegan, it is two weeks today. A few things about me: I never thought I could give up meat or dairy. No offense to those of you who did not like the taste of meat but I am/was the opposite. I never really had a problem with eating meat, and while I agree with the some of the opinions that we are not necessarily still developed to continue eating meat I still do not think that it is evil.
I am in law school and this semester took a class on Animal law. We watch videos every class. I have seen some horrendous things. While seeing this horrible videos I was still eating meat. I was particularly taken aghast by factory farming. If you don't know about factory farming you should look it up. It is something that we as a society should be protesting adamantly. The CAFO Reader is a great source to find out all about them. So...
Basically I decided that I would go vegan over Lent. 1. I wanted to see if I could do it and 2. I wanted to feel less disgusted with my own apathy. I love animals, and to mirror other comments I believe all animals are the same (There was a video of piglets being thrown into a cart which made my cry because it actually reminded me of my dog).
So while I have not been doing this long I have found it incredibly rewarding. First I lost 2 pounds in the first week. Which was super nice! Also I don't have the same shamed feelings about the horrible treatment of animals because I am not. Now, this may be an unpopular statement but I have not found the transition particularly hard. I am eating healthy, not just junk food, because I have been attempting to lose weight as well. There have been hard days but overall it has been extremely rewarding. Although my boyfriend has been extremely supportive of me, going to vegan restaurants, making vegan food and always checking labels.
I am unsure whether I will keep the veganism up after Lent but if I do not then my boyfriend and I are going to commit to cruelty free meats alone. This is complicated because there are no formal regulations from governmental agencies requiring the humane treatment of farm animals. However, Whole Foods does monitor this based on a step system. So if I do return to meat it would be under those conditions.