I’m sure there are lots of vegan people out there who would be really interested to know how other vegans got to be… Well… Vegan! So I’m going to put my story out there.
Let’s start by saying (and apologies in advance) that I’ve always thought veganism was a bit ridiculous. I mean come on, it’s for hippies and it’s all just a bit over the top isn’t it?? I understand not eating meat… But milk? Honey? Eggs? There’s no cruelty in those, right? Surely taking what an animal is going to produce naturally is fine, and to deny yourself those things is a bit mental…
That’s the stage I was at anyway. I didn’t eat red meat anyway because I liked cows and pigs. But I ate chicken and fish without a second thought.
So, Instagram came into my life. I now have three accounts but I started out with just one. @misuzu_yorick. It very quickly got taken over by my rabbit. Bunnies everywhere!!! So I made myself a second account for ME! @misuzu_solo (Then later, a vegan account for pictures of my food #stereotypicalinstagrammer @misuzu_vegan).
On Yorick’s IG account, I saw some people posting things about animal testing. I thought this was strange because animal testing stopped in the 80’s, didn’t it?
Wrong again, Miss Misuzu! Animal testing is very much still happening. How could I have been so naive??
I felt sick to think of all the animals who had suffered and died for my lipstick or my eyeliner. I’m not worth that suffering. Nobody is.
Luckily, a lot of my favourite products were already “not tested on animals” and “cruelty free”. It was just a case of cutting out a few things here and there and being a bit more careful about what I buy. Easy.
But I had opened a can of worms. I started to learn more. I read about things. I saw videos. I found out about dairy farming. I read about what happens to the ‘useless’ male chicks. I saw the slaughterhouse footage. I read about bee keeping…
Vegan. The only logical thing is vegan. My cheese-loving, steak-eating boyfriend had the same thought: Vegan is the only lifestyle that makes sense. It is the only thing that allows us to live without guilt. It is the only way because I am not worth the suffering of any innocent life. Not when I can make the choice to stop this. In this society, I HAVE A CHOICE. And I choose life. I choose compassion. I choose freedom.
So, I decided to give myself a year to slowly transition to vegan. A week later I was 100% vegan. So much for taking it slow, but I’m glad it happened like that. You just can’t ignore the cruelty once you’ve opened your eyes up to it.
My boyfriend said, “I’m going to find it really hard to give up cheese, but I have to. For the animals. And milk is just disgusting to me now. I mean, there’s puss in it!” After these words left his lips, no more cheese has been consumed by him.
I am proud of myself and my boyfriend. It was harder for him, but we have both made a clear, ethical choice and are both so happy knowing that because of us taking a stand, innocent lives are spared.