According to Forbes Magazine, 2019 will be the “Year of the Vegan”. Oh my God.
42 years ago, when I decided to stop consuming meat, I was the only vegetarian I knew. In fact, back then, few people understood what being vegetarian meant. I can’t tell you how often (even today) well-intended people would offer me chicken or fish, assuming they weren’t “animals”. Restaurants didn’t offer plant-based menu options and vegan cheeses and non-dairy products didn’t exist. Cruelty-free cosmetics and household products were a few years away. Even PETA had yet to be founded.
Over the last 4 decades, I have witnessed a far too slow, but gradual, shift in philosophy about animals and the food we eat. Thanks to social media, it is no longer a secret that animals endure unrelenting physical and emotional suffering in factory farms and it is impossible to ignore the reality of their miserable lives and deaths.
For me, to read the title of the Forbes article is almost surreal. This day has been centuries in the making.
For those of you who are relatively new to vegan living, I know how hard it can be at times, living with or working with others who don’t share your attitude about animals & veganism. I know how utterly confounding it is that people can be so closed-minded and seemingly cold-hearted toward animal suffering. Trust me, it’s something I’ve dealt with most of my 61 years. But the good news is this – the progression toward animal rights is increasing rapidly. It’s thanks to compassionate, mindful individuals like youself, that restaurant chains, supermarkets, cosmetic manufacturers, circuses, the film industry…are changing the way they do business. It’s because you care enough to not only speak up for animals, but you walk the walk by adopting a cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle.
If you ever feel discouraged or wonder if your choice to be vegan is making a difference, please take a look at this article: The Power of One
Thank you for being vegan.🥕
Happy New Year!