Why I Will ALWAYS Be Vegan

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They Can Count On Me

I gave my word that I would do all I could to end the horrific human treatment of animals. My first course of action was to stop my own eating and using of them.

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A Better World for Us All

Special thanks to Butterflies Katz for publishing this piece by Angel Flinn, as one of 100+ entries in her short essay contest and eBook: Why I Will Always be Vegan.

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Awakened

Clinton Vernieu, Brisbane, Australia Now that I am awake, I cannot go back to sleep. Awakened from a culturally induced slumber, I have made a

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A New Awareness

The following submission for Why I Will Always be Vegan was contributed by Salwa Maddad, Al-Sweida, As-Suwayda, from Syria.

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There is Hope

Petra Sindelarova, Prague, Czech Republic I grew up as a “normal” child. I used to like other animals just like the people around me. They

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No Going Back

Lyra Alves, Belgium (Brazilian living in Belgium for 15 years) I was brought up in a very carnivorous environment in Brazil. My father strictly made

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A Light Inside

Keith Berger, South Florida, USA I will always live vegan because, ever since the moment my eyes were opened to the horrors and atrocities of

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My Only Certainty

Melanie Thomet, South Africa They say that the only things that are certain in this life are death and taxes. My imagination begs to disagree.

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Living a Lie

Akiko Iwasa, Japan I can say with conviction and without any hesitation that I will always be a vegan. I still remember very clearly when

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The Least I Can Do

Mariana Cerovečki, Croatia Since I was a little child, I have always loved animals—well, I thought I loved “all animals”, but in reality I only

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The Ultimate Freedom

by Suzanne Hanson, Fargo, North Dakota, USA     Merriam-Webster defines the word ‘soul’ as the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life.

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This Is Who I Am

Amanda Beatty, England I once believed I was an animal lover, yet I had no idea what love really was. I never saw the cruelty

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Reborn

Ramilyn P. Delposo, Philippines…There was a time when a girl, with her family, grew chickens. She trapped one or two to sell for money or

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My Way Home

Anke Hagen, Hanover, North Germany I grew up in South Africa and experienced a number of transformative, life-changing events at an early receptive age, like

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Not a Second to Lose

Carol Williams, United Kingdom I was raised to eat animals, just like most children in our society. I spent 58 years condemning sentient beings to

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The Only Way to Exist

by Alannah Quinn, Brisbane, Australia There was a time when I was unconscious, wrapped up in superficial wants. My mind was fixed on my materialistic

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To Restore the Promise of Life

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a sow? She is not the “mere animal” you think you know. She senses and smells your presence. She can see your silhouette cast against the light. She advances, timidly, and seeks your eyes. Her orbs measure you, depose your shield of solid convictions and seek the empathic spark that is dormant within you.

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To Make Life Truly Just

I was born into a fog. That hazy, dreary, fog surrounded me. Everyone around me was part of that same dark haze. So normal and right it seemed to be. I never questioned, never pondered, a non-murky life. I thought life was good, and fair, and just.

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My Biggest Wish in Life

Bianca Zvorc Morris, Slovenia, Founder, BeeZeeEcoLand.com (ethical, vegan business) My journey into my love and fight for other animals started even before I was born, in

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Unlearning Speciesism

Lisa Qualls, Reston, Virginia, USA It’s simple, really—once you respect the rights of others, how do you stop respecting them? Just like almost everyone else,

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