- Initially it was as a reaction to the deplorable conditions animals were raised in. However it's never far from my mind, and I can now relate ideas of parasitism (in most farming situations) where one species quality of life is greatly reduced for the benefit of another. I can understand this in the places where survival is still a primary concern, but not in first world countries where food is readily available, taken for granted and wasted on a huge level. Life is cheap, but suffering is insurmountable and our ability to ignore and/or not care is detestable. We've contained and distanced ourselves from an inherently primal act and have the nerve to think it's civilized.
- —Guest DavidLawes
- Initially it was as a reaction to the deplorable conditions animals were raised in. However it's never far from my mind, and I can now relate ideas of parasitism (in most farming situations) where one species quality of life is greatly reduced for the benefit of another. I can understand this in the places where survival is still a primary concern, but not in first world countries where food is readily available, taken for granted and wasted on a huge level. And our ability to ignore and/or not care is detestable. We've contained and distanced ourselves from an inherently primal act and have the nerve to think it's civilized.
- —Guest DavidLawes
Might is not right.
- Having chosen to be a vegetarian then transitioning to a vegan lifestyle over 40 years ago, it still amazes me how my omnivore friends just cannot leave it alone. I often avoid answering the question, why I became a vegetarian, because that question is more often asked by ominvores and they do not really want to know, and they then become defensive when you tell them. My health was my initial reason, heart disease due to bad diet, is a major cause of death and health issues in my family. Then as I weaned myself off of animal products, my health improved as did my awareness of the beauty of all life that surrounds us. My tendencsies of aggressive behavior became more and more controllable. I love animals and see within them a desire to live and love. There is nothing that can justify taking a life simply to satisfy my palate? Life is precious and just because humans are mightier than the animals they prey upon, does not make the principle that "might is right", right.
- —Guest PirateLooksat60
- it makes me pure...and avoid ignorance,food at subtle level made of sattva(purity & knowledge),raja(action & passion) & tama(ignorance & inertia),in nonveg. content of tama is more
- —Guest nishant srivastava
- I watched about five minutes of a documentary called earthlings. also watched a couple of clips of this video which is available on you tube... and never ever want to touch meat again... try watching it, it will break your heart..
- —Guest panoochie
I became a vegetarian because
- I've always been fiercely against animal cruelty. I just find that I could actually live happily without meat - also I rarely eat it before I was a vegetarian.
- —Guest Raan
- I am 15 and I Wanted to become healthier and I wanted to Become more alive. Ive been pondering on it for a while and I finally made the switch. I've eaten Meat ALL my life and its Hard for me. My Family eats nothing but meat and I'm constantly surrounded by it. Its a challenge but I'm striving for it. Wish me luck
- —Guest Nikki Killo
A vegan (plant-based) diet because...
- I have MS, pain stopped, slipped (ate a pop tart) yesterday for the first time in over a month and now in pain, eating like this is worth the pain being gone!!!!
- —Guest Dodi
I'm a new vegan
- I just started a few days ago after watching Peta videos. I come from a strong Mexican household and I grew up eating tons of meat. Suddenly I'm so grossed out with the meat after watching all that stuff. I'm disgusted with those so called humans that do that to animals. I AM NOT A fan of animals AT ALL. I'm not an animal lover I'm very afraid of animals. Even with my background I have stopped eating meats all together. I have even lost some weight without even trying. I'm trying to get people I know to watch the videos and go vegan with me. I already got a few on board. I just can't believe those poor animals. I wish my family knew what those animals go through to become their food. But I'm grateful they respect my beliefs. GO VEGAN!!!
- —Guest Haylaymah :)
- I'm researching the possibilties of going vegetarian or vegan and so far most of the logs I've read appear to be from young teenagers who tend to be very idealistic ar rhat age.Any older folk out there who could point to benefits other than better skin?
- —Guest Patrick
I am vegetarian because
- I stand for animal rights...I want to tell everyone that animals have the right for ethical treatment.
- —Guest Vanessa Ferido
For Better Health
- I made the decision to switch because I was overweight and borderline hypertensive. I'm now on my 12th day of eating only whole grains, plants, fruits and legume based foods, and I have lost 6 weight, my blood pressure is back to normal and my resting heart rate has dropped to 50 - this is all combined with exercise. I'm also much stronger...
I am a New Vegetarian
- Suddenly I became grossed out after watching Food, Inc. I can't imagine eating meat again because I visualize the animal when thinking about eating meat or chicken.
- —Guest Lisa Taylor
It's already a Month!
- I've been a vegetarian for over a month now, and I don't even notice. Not eating meat is so easy, considering I was the type of person who liked my steak medium rare. I became a veggie after seeing the cruelty in slaughter houses via the internet, and thought it was so gruesome and inhumain how they "make our food." I'm only 15 and love animals of all kind. I mainly started because of my love for animals but quickly realized how much my health increased. I did research and found that you could sometimes get diabetes or a heart disease from the processing in meat. I feel more active, awake, alert and healthier now. A lot of my friends and friends of my family are veggie or vegan and give me recipes all the time. It's a way better lifestyle, and I'm so glad I adopted it
- —Guest Samantha R
Why I am a vegetarian
- Becoming a vegetarian is not as difficult as many people think it would be.... You can eat everything except animals! I can still eat Chinese takeout and pizza and tons of things people seem to assume they'd miss if they made the switch.. but I am much healthier and have even considered a liberal vegan diet.. The way animals are treated to become your food is terrible, and I don't eat them for this reason. Also, the amount of food it takes to feed the cattle that becomes food could feed many more people than the cow itself. After being encouraged to try it for two weeks by a friend of mine who is a vegan, I discovered that I loved the change and encourage everyone to do the same- try it for two weeks and see if it's a good choice for you!
- —Guest B :)