For all the vegans out there,
This is a letter to you, from me. A fellow vegan, currently stuck on a three-hour train journey, thinking.
This is a letter of appreciation. A letter of gratitude. A letter to say things you should be told every single day, but most certainly aren’t.
Congratulations. You rule.
Congratulations on making one of the most selfless, unpopular, ethical and rational decisions that a human being living in this mad, bonkers world can make in this mad, bonkers time.
It is 2014 and there’s a lot of f***ed up s*** going on. The planet is going down the toilet, people treat each other terribly, half the world is starving, there is still mass inequality, we have no connection with our land and animals are literally factory farmed. Factory farmed. They are bred, housed, enslaved and murdered because pathetic humans (who can’t even capture a spider) have decided that ‘bacon tastes good’.
It’s a mad world.
Animal suffering and torture is now (finally) a hot topic and unlike some of those other things in that list, it is something we can easily DO SOMETHING ABOUT. Veganism has never been so popular, but not always for the right reasons (thank you Beyonce and your fur coats).
This letter is not to Beyonce. This letter isn’t even to “plant based goddesses” who tout about vegetables and drink raw goat milk! No, this letter is for the true vegans out there. The zero point one per cent of you who actually “get it”.
You get it.
You get that a life without exploiting animals is the clearest, simplest, least hypocritical and most rational way to live and the only way to truly make a difference.
As a vegan: something “clicked” for you. One of the many triggers that can flip the switch, triggered. You saw the light, you saw the madness and you said “no”.
“I don’t need these things in my life, in fact, these things aren’t even good for me, they take a massive toll on me and others ethically, so I choose to say no.”
Some would even say going vegan is the EASY way out. No more dilemmas, no more "organic, free-range" fantasies, just simple, clear, logical lines. Animals should not be exploited for taste, convenience, greed or entertainment. Done.
Thankfully, more and more people are beginning to see this light, flip this switch and say “no”. It’s slow, it’s gradual but it’s definitely happening. Even in my own life, I have been blown away by a best friend going vegan AND a co-worker doing a vegan challenge only within the last few months.
It’s possible. It can happen. It happened for you, for me, for Portia.
We can make it happen for others when their switch is ready to be flipped.
Do not let yourself be put down by anyone or anything. Do not let stupid people say stupid, uneducated things and make you doubt your choice for a moment.
You are a bloody amazing person and do not forget it.
I am writing this letter to say all the things I wish I could say to every vegan in person. If you know someone who inspires you by making compassionate choices, forward them this letter.
I send this to each of you, with all of my gratitude.
I kind of want to sign this “Babe” or “Daisy” as a joke… but then that would make it funny and it isn’t funny. It’s serious.
Keep doing what you are doing. (Unless you are an annoying vegan who preaches and then eats cheesy wedges when drunk. Don't do that.)
Love Hannah xx
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