My mom also was a big animal lover, and even though I have issues with her in other ways, I appreciate that she not only taught me to love and respect animals, but she taught me to be a warrior for animals. We lived on a Christmas tree farm for awhile, and had over nine acres that was our property, but it was all wild and there were no fences or anything. Every year when it was hunting season, my mom would put on a fluorescent snow suit, and patrol our property and protect it from hunters. She got into many confrontations with idiotic men with guns, and she never once backed down or let these morons intimidate her. And if she ever saw someone mistreating an animal, it was on. I am so grateful that she passed that on to me. I'm a very non-confrontational person, but if I see you mistreat an animal, I become the most confrontational person you have ever met in your life.
I can't write this post without acknowledging PETA. I was living my life as a vegetarian, feeling pretty damn kind and compassionate in my dietary choices. I hate admitting this, but I let my love of cheese keep me in the dark about the dairy industry. One afternoon (it was a Saturday) I was strolling through Ballard which is my absolute favorite neighborhood in Seattle. I happened to grab a PETA flyer that was near other papers, which is odd because in all honesty I don't very often love what PETA does. I am usually too scared to look at anything PETA related because of the graphic nature. So I grabbed this flyer, and it was about veganism, and there were no graphic images, so I actually read it. It very calmly and rationally pointed out the absolute atrocities that go on in the dairy and egg industry, and it pointed out that many of the meat farmers also are selling dairy and eggs, so you are still supporting the whole industry. But unlike a lot of articles from PETA, this one was very non-judgmental, and very non attention grabbing. It was giving me facts, not trying to shock me. I went vegan the minute I finished reading it. Cold turkey, no planning, no researching, I just did it. It was the right thing to do, and I strongly feel that in a life of decisions I wish I could change, this is the hands down best decision I have and probably will ever make in my life!
Although I have learned much more about healthy eating as a vegan , and I definitely feel healthier that ever, I'm vegan for the animals, forever and ever. I don't care about trendy superfoods, raw, not raw, skinny not skinny. I do get sucked into that weird vegan vortex sometimes, but at the end of the day I care about animals and their well being.