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Why are you vegetarian? I want to know your reasons for being vegetarian, whatever they may be! There are so many reasons to go vegetarian and advantages of being vegetarian, and your own reasons may be very personal and unique. So please share you own "why vegetarian" and reason you decided to become vegetarian! Many people go vegetarian for health reasons, animal rights, religious and even human rights. What about you? Why did you become veg?

Why I went from vefetarian to vegan!

I was a vegetarian for almost 16 years before going vegan. My answers all begin and end with wanting to put an end to animal suffering. The dairy industry is still terrible to animals. Once I learned that, I cut it all out. And I feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. I suggest this lifestyle to everyone. It's only as difficult as you make it!
—Guest Ashley

I became a vegan -

- because of the unbelievable mental and physical suffering of the animals in the food industry (dairy, eggs, meat, ...). Couldn't take the responsibility for such atrocities.
—Guest tanril

Why I became vegan!

I've been having a lot of health issues and recently been diagnosed with gall bladder polyps. My dr turned me on to the movie "forks over knives" a documentary, and it really encouraged me. I did not have a problem with giving up meat, but dairy is difficult, love my cheese and cottage chees....
—Guest Claudia

First steps to becoming vegan

I've decided to become vegan just the other day, straight from eating meat, dairy products etc. i know in myself at first i will probably crave bacon and that but knowing what those poor animals go through and like another user said before, we have absolutely no right to kill them for our satisfaction, they're part of this planet as much as we are and should be able to live too. Anyway my choices are for the animals and for health benefits! :)
—abirosed

why did you become vegetarian?

I became a vegetarian because I am against cruelty to animals.
—Guest brenda veiter

For animals and the environment!

I had been vegetarian for nearly a year when I realized that animal products were just as cruel as meat, and almost as bad for the environment. Did you know that going vegan does more to help the environment than switching to an electric car? My family didn't want me to at first, but every time I ate an animal product I felt horrible. I've been vegan now for four months and I am NEVER GOING BACK!
—Guest Lilly

My Love for Animals

I finally opened my eyes to the suffering of animals. I became a Vegan, because I remember the joy my pet brought to me. To me, they weren't just a "pet" they were family to me. To eat them without a reason is immoral.
—PhatSet

vegan and proud

I became a vegan after watching the videos of how those poor farm animals are treated. It got me thinking that this animal was beaten, traumatized, and tortured and then killed for me to eat it and it made me feel terrible. I already don't eat fish because of allergies so I figured why not take the next step and cut off all foods and other products made from animals. It's also a very healthy way to live, eating fruits and veggies along with mock meats and dairy free products has made me feel better knowing a poor animal did not have to die for what I ate. I also feel more energized and as if I'm making a change. It was hard at first since I grew up eating meat but now I find it so easy to skip dinner and enjoy some fruits and veggies!
—Guest elle

Living Creatures

I started cutting back on meat for health reasons, then I started reading about the food industry. One morning, 6 months ago, I got out of bed and decided that I would no longer eat animals. The idea of killing a ling creature and then consuming it disgusts me. I am not religious but I do have a spiritual side that causes me to respect life.
—BostonChazy

Why I'm becoming a vegetarian

I don't like all the chemicals and pesticides that are in meat. So becoming a vegetarian because it is more healthy, conscious and safe.
—HenriettaDorsey

Why I am a vegan

I am a vegan because I realise the health benefits. As a nurse I saw the side effects of various drugs that patients take for different things that cause other problems, and being a partial vegetarian, I realise I can go further. But after I did a missionary course, it came natural. I have cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure in my family. I saw people heal from stage four cancer, I saw diabetes disappear and medication stop from even AIDS, so this is my prevention method. Since I started I look ten years younger and have much more energy!!
—Guest Marcia

I was raised a vegetarian

...Biblical reasons. Yeast is a single cell fungi. So are mushrooms. The way I see it, if you eat one, ya might as well eat the family member. Like Leeks and onions, ok?
—Kate_Burk

I became a Vegan when....

I missed the first Friday in Lent and decided to stop eating meat altogether. I did it and realized I did not miss eating meat. I then gave up dairy products and shortly thereafter eggs as well. My blood pressure has dropped significantly and in just over three months, I've lost 35 pounds. I eat a ton of fruit and vegetables. They used to go bad in my refrigerator, but now I always eat them before they do and end up needing more! I've always thought it would be good to go vegan, however, did not think I could be creative enough in my meal planning. Not only am I creative, I love the challenge of figuring new meals and trying new recipes. I feel great and I will never go back to eating meat, dairy or eggs again!
—Guest Wendy

Family...

I want to become a vegetarian because I feel terrible eating animals. But my family loves meat. I have always felt bad about it and I don't know what to do. Recently, I have been trying not to eat meat without them noticing, but I can't do that forever. Help?
—Guest Lorlorsita

I am a vegetarian because...

I was raised from a baby as a vegetarian. I did have eggs and milk but these days I am closer to being a full time vegan because of disease and the animals producing milk or eggs are on big time antibiotics. It is my opinion the reason for wide-spread incidents of MERSA is the drugs being given to chickens and cows. BTW, milk was designed for baby cows. Oh, allergies is another reason that I no longer use dairy but that really is secondary.
—Kate_Burk

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