“I was never an animal lover. I disliked dogs because I was taught that they are dangerous and they bite humans. As I was born in a Muslim family, animal cruelty was nothing new to me. During Bakrid (Id-al-adha), I saw hundreds of cows, goats, camels being slaughtered mercilessly. I was encouraged to take part in the killings. I skinned cows and goats and chopped them to pieces. Then cooked and ate them. I saw nothing wrong in it. The conditioning and brainwashing was deep and strong. Everyone was doing it. Subconsciously, I thought it must be the right thing to do. All my meals included meat. I remember making fun of vegetarians by saying ‘Plants have feelings, eat stones’. And so it continued. One fine day, Peta shared a video titled ‘Horrors of dairy and poultry industry’. I watched the video and I couldn’t believe what I saw. I was shocked. Male baby chicks and male baby calves were being killed because they were not profitable and it is a standard practice. I cried that night. Couldn’t sleep. I decided that I will research more and if I find it all true, I will quit eating eggs and dairy. A week later I quit meat ( I had stopped eating beef a year ago before going vegan because I found tumor in the piece of meat, also my dermatologist advised me to quit red meat). I had increased consumption of chicken (I loved to eat) and fish (I disliked). After finding out the truth about cruelty, I felt guilty every time I ate eggs or drank milk. Couple of weeks later I stopped consuming all animal products. I became vegan 2 years ago and it was very difficult in the beginning (fights with meat lovers, slept hungry on many nights due to unavailability of veg food at home, mentally harassed and tortured, mocked, pieces of meat thrown at me, decapitated body parts of animals were sent on WhatsApp). Initially I knew only one vegan. Now I have vegan friends from all around the globe and I feel much strong. I had a meat eating friend who started exploring lots of vegan foods just because she wanted to cook for me ,feed me ,her husband would comment saying ‘Ah ,are you trying to please your vegan friend’ ,we would laugh this comments.
As we focus on one thing ,we also get know more about it ,recently at the farmer’s market I saw a Indian food stall (Newark,CA) which is completely vegan ,they do this to preach veganism because the man had severe diseases and he overcame all this by going vegan. You are wrong on all counts. It is not expensive to be a vegan because plant-based foods cost a lot less than meat and dairy-based foods. Of course, for vegans to save that cash, they need to be ready to shop for produce and learn how to cook it. Even if you are the kind of vegan who is willing to spend money on vegan processed foods, like dairy-free cheese (disgusting) plant-based meat substitutes (so disappointing) and imported coconut and tamarind yogurt at $3.95 a tub, it still won’t cost as much as meat and real dairy. And a vegan diet is not harmful. The only essential nutrient missing from vegan and some vegetarian diets is B12, and you can take that as a supplement. Now, I have mentioned vegans I have known whose diet is based on canned creamed corn and Skittles, but I don’t think those people count as vegans. They just like to say they are vegans. Most of the vegans I know have a clue about how to feed themselves well without animal products because they know about a variety of vegetables, legumes and nuts, and they know how to cook. People become vegans for all kinds of reasons. Most are perfectly nice people who don’t feel the need to remind you constantly that meat is death. The worst thing about vegans is trying to find a restaurant you are all ok with eating at. If you get stuck with a dear friend sitting across the table from you who spends ten minutes interrogating the waitstaff about secret chicken broth and bootleg butter, you can become homicidal kinda fast, especially if you are hungry. This is the closest veganism comes to being dangerous: the hostility of family and friends. You can’t, it hasn’t been released yet. Besides, it sounds like a bad documentary anyway. No one I know, and who switched to 100% vegetarian diet, did well afterwards: one got cancer, the other had to start eating meat due to various health issues, third one was a liar (eating meat while pretending not to) and so on.