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26 July 2000 Issue

Thoughts From Vegan Subscriber
by Zerbeena@aol.comx

I was a vegetarian before I started subscribing to ARO. My reason was simple: killing animals for food we didn't need was unethical and sick. There was no excuse or justification anyone could throw in my path to dissuade me.

I still drank milk and ate rennet-less cheese and eggs. My thought was that no one had to DIE for me to consume these things, so it was okay, and in keeping with my unbending ethics. The concept of veganism seemed so extreme to me, admittedly, almost like lunacy.

Then, I got a grip on the whole picture. I have you guys at ARO to thank for this, because I didn't know (or deluded myself perhaps) how milk production was linked to veal or how a simple egg is the end result of a tortured and miserable life of a caged chicken. They couldn't be MORE connected, and I was a participant in their suffering because I couldn't give up my damn cheese pizza and lattes.

I am now a vegan, and my whole sense of being has changed. I wasn't even aware of the burden my conscience was carrying around until I made this switch. My eyes feel more open than ever and my body feels better too. As I have explained to my dumbfounded friends who groan, "Oh, Jeez. What's left to eat now?", I feel significantly better than when I made the meat-eating to vegetarian shift. It's like this nagging sense of hypocrisy is 100% gone, and has been absent since I became vegan.

Strangely, it was much easier than I had imagined. I had big plans to order one last cheese pizza, a large, and greedily eat the whole thing myself before I swore off all dairy forever. I picked up the phone and ordered, "A medium vegetarian pizza, no cheese." The cheese pizza could never happen again, not even this one last time.

That was it. I was over the hump before I was even aware of it. My body will no longer allow itself to consume things that are against my soul's integrity and ethics. I have arrived!

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