Voices of Veganism

by Laura
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I remember being sixteen and asking my mom if I could go vegetarian. She said “no” essentially. I struggled for the next two days living off pasta noodles and canned mandarin oranges until I gave up. Throughout the time period between when I was 16 and 21, I had wrestled with a mood spectrum disorder […]

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by John
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I became a vegan after watching Forks over Knives in October 2011. The film had an immediate impact on me. It deals mainly with the positive health aspects of eating a plant based diet. The studies having to do with animal food products and the correlation to cancer, diabetes and heart disease was definitely a […]

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by Wendy

Four years ago, I was on the standard American diet and was 255 pounds. I went vegan in 2010. I’m now 155 pounds, as seen on the Right. I turned vegan after reading the book Skinny Bitch and then watching Earthlings. After watching the film, I removed every animal product from my diet and swore […]

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by Paige
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I was raised in a small Texas town where ranching was the biggest business—almost the only business. I always felt out of place. Animal husbandry was a constant reality, and I was surrounded by the misery of “food” animals. I experienced everything from the tortured sounds of distressed cattle bellowing at the auction barn (“just […]

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by Rebecca
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When I was in high school, I read a book called Diet for a Small Planet by Francis Moore Lappe’.  The book made a lot of sense.  In a nutshell, this is what I took from the book (keep in mind that I was a 16 year-old girl in high school so my mind was probably not entirely […]

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by Amanda
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This post has been a long time in the works. Veganism is such an integral part of my life, and yet, every time I think about writing a post to address why I choose this lifestyle, I find myself too overwhelmed to write. I actually think it’s because it’s so important to me, I worry […]

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by Carlos
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I was born in 1955 on an island in the middle of the Atlantic in the Azores, a beautiful archipelago of nine islands that is part of the Portuguese government. Life on the island was very quiet and isolated from the rest of the world. Our diet consisted of grains, legumes, vegetables, fish and pork. […]

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by doug
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Since the age of 15 I have been working in professional kitchens. I began working at a local pub and was thrown immediately into the life of the restaurant industry. Working in food service is not easy. You are in your feet anywhere from 12-15 hours a day, the pay is very little and you […]

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by Monica
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I am a vegan. I love being a vegan. I feel evolved and grounded. If it weren’t for the pesky fact that billions of animals are dying in the worst possible manner on a daily basis for the bulk of humanity, I would be living in complete bliss. How I arrived here is a tale […]

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by Kerry

I had been semi-vegetarian for years, always for *health* reasons, always fell right off the wagon. In December 2008, one of my beloved Rhodesian Ridgebacks became seriously ill. Two days later we had him put to sleep, he’d suffered major organ failure and the vets told us their efforts had failed. Knowing if we took […]

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This section of The Vegan Voice is dedicated to your testimonials We all have a story about how or why we became vegan and often about how veganism has enriched or changed our life. If you'd like to share your story please send us a personal essay - with a photo and links if you like. It may be as long or short as you choose. This is your platform. Shine on vegans!
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