It's a new year....let us hope that this year, more people make Vegetarian or Vegan choices. Just in my own life: since I became a Vegan: my mother has become a Vegetarian, one friend went from Vegetarian to Vegan, my brother's girlfriend became a Vegetarian and nearly all my close friends have agreed to cut down on their meat. When I say that, I hope it doesn't sound like I go around preaching: I absolutely do NOT. I am, however, very lucky in life that people around me are interested in my life, as I am in theirs. When we see each other we talk about our day, our thoughts, our relationships with others and of course our ever-shifting values and opinions. Therefore it's only incidental that my friends hear about my Vegan choices. It's a huge part of my life and I know they don't begrudge me talking about it occassionally. Whether it be telling them about a great new shop discovery or telling them in dismay that one of my favourite dresses is made from wool and do I now have to throw it away? My friends are wonderful.
What they prove to me, every single day, is what I have always maintained: this idea of Accidental Ignorance. We are not told....ever....the realities of the meat and dairy industries unless someone around us is informed or we actively type into YouTube: "abuse in dairy farm". Once the information is being presented to you it is pretty hard to ignore. Most of the people in my life (of course there are some exceptions) are happy to accept that Vegan ideas are not crazy or stupid, they are in fact interesting, thought-provoking and forward thinking. I hate when people get riddled with guilt when I talk, but then I have to remember that that is how I felt too. When I watched Food Inc for the first time I felt disgustingly guilty! I cried watching that film and vowed to try being a Vegetarian. It worked for me. I don't know why it couldn't work for anyone else.
I hope that in 2012 more people get informed! I also hope brilliant movements like: Meatless Monday go on and continue to grow. Anything that makes people go: "oh....why are they promoting no meat on mondays? Does that mean there is something wrong with meat? What's wrong with meat" and maybe they will start thinking.
Here is a link to the Meatless Monday Australia website: http://meatlessmondays-australia.com/ If you aren't already a Vegetarian/Vegan, please check it out and see the good you can do by just cutting out meat ONE DAY A WEEK. If that sounds challenging to you then I shudder a little.
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