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maybe a can of worms but...

...i am curious...i am wondering (if anyone wants to share) why you all have chosen to eat vegan.....or vegan rather than vegetarian....

concern for animals, health benefits, combo of the above?  just curious?!

me personally, i'm trying to replace a lot of unhealthy food choices by stocking up on lots of wonderful, cancer-fighting yummy veggies. and also, i have recently become more concerned about the very sad practices of the meat industry.  i have known about it for years, but never really had the wherewithall to really make a choice about it until recently. i guess maybe i've just finally developed a little discipline.  food has always been my "drug" of choice.

Everyones reasons for choosing to be vegan/vegetarian makes me sound somewhat selfish.
I don't do it for the animals, environment or my health. Those are just kind of positive side effects.

I'm vegan because I don't want to be anything anyone wants or expects me to be. The little feminist inside of me says no to meat as a response to patriarchal society. lol sounds stupid but I don't know how to explain myself well.
It's a response/rejection of my culture (I'm middle-eastern) and gender roles (mostly cooking and being a "good wife").
Pretty selfish, eh? I never claimed to be compassionate and as a vegan for 3 years it still hasn't grown. If being vegan didn't piss so many people off (especially my family/relatives) I probably would not be one.

You're still making an impact, whatever your reasoning behind it!
Plus, I like pissing people off. And 3 years... that's serious tenacity.

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I don't think human beings have a right to assume dominion over other animals, especially when we are capable of empathizing with others' pain. 

I agree with you 100%.  This is something that I've battled with emotionally my whole life because as humans, we can be such an arrogant, self-serving bunch.  I've never thought I was more important than an animal.  That's why the whole Michael Vick saga angered me so deeply...I would go to these forums and you wouldn't believe how many people would post..."they're just a bunch of damn dogs! What about people's problems in the inner cities?!"  You know, that general perspective on the whole sordid story.  When I do meet a person who is compassionate towards animals, loves them and lives their lives in a way that honors that love, I appreciate them that much more.  In the end though, I do agree that many people resent vegetarians because it makes them feel like they're being silently chastised for eating meat.  There's no way I would pass judgement on them because I did eat meat...I just wish they'd extend to me the same kind of understanding.  For the most part, I just keep it to myself because I'm not an argumentative person by nature.  No one needs to know how I eat but me.

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Gross.

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Wow.  

Are you ok?

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lol, i was going to ask the same!! 

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Yes.  This is the happy place board so I'm posting happy.

^ Except for this. ^

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Passive aggressive much?

Please say what you mean.  I don't speak jpeg.

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Gross.

Nothing gross about worms, I have several thousand of them living in my basement. They are hardworking, loyal, and rewarding pets. ;)b

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On ppk that would have automatically been changed to read, "They are hardworking, loyal, and rewarding 'companion animals'."

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