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Why are you veg*n?
Posted November 12th, 2009 - 5:46 am by from Queenstown, New Zealand (Permalink)
What made you do it, and what keeps you doing it?

It can be very hard and temptation is around EVERY corner.

State some reasons that make you injure the hardships of being veg*n in NZ.

I do it for the physical reasons, don't really care bout the animals, it's more because I want to have a clean body/mind.

Posted November 13th, 2009 - 1:23 am by from Wellington, New Zealand (Permalink)
well i've been vegan for over 12 years and i've never felt i had any hardships to endure when being vegan. i live in wellington which makes it easier than living in a smaller town i guess, but i love to cook and theres countless recipes on the internet and lots of vegan recipe books out there for anyone who wants or needs them.

It was only in the first 3 or 4 months of becoming vegan that i felt tempted by non-vegan food or had cravings, now it's just not an issue.

i first went vegan when i became increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of eating meat and dairy (rainforest destruction, climate change, pollution etc), i also realised i could never kill an animal and what right did i have to take the life of another living being anyway? So i felt that therefore i also didn't have the right to eat any animal either.

since i became vegan my health has improved significantly, especially my immune system, so i very rarely get sick. even when lots of people around me have colds, i hardly ever get one myself.

so i have lots of reasons to stay vegan, its one of the best things i ever decided to do and cant imagine going back. it feels really good physically and psychologically and i'd recommend it to anyone!

Posted November 19th, 2009 - 11:04 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
when i initially started being vegan it was soley for animal welfare after about a year i discovered the impact of farming on the environment. Recently i was in the amazon where i witnessed some harsh realities up front with the meat and farming industry watching the amazon being destroyed by farms and soy crops grown soley for feeding cattle, of which was being shipped to europe and canada. Sometimes i have found it frustrating being vegan not because it is hard for me but it seems to be hard for other people to understand something that seems so simple to me.

The fact that our greatest emissions in New Zealand come from argrculture and farming has something to say on the environmental inpact. Its not simply a case of nice little farmer brown with his little heard of cows its mass production. And if anyone tells me animals dont have feeings i may have to tell them different! i recently worked in an animal sanctury for 5 months with monkesy cats dogs parrots a bear you name it they were there and i can tell you they all have feelings loss sadness anger, happiness just not the wierd phsycological problems humans seem to have although ones that have been in captivity for a long time do show obsessive compulsive disorders. People tell me who have lived on farms that cows cry when they are seperated from there calves.

Haha sorry to rant i always get passionate when someone asks me these questions. I can also say that it is completly possible to travel being a vegan and usually healthier for you i travelled in south america for a year being vegan occasionally there were times when ther ewas only rice and fruit but i love both so all good!

We are really lucky here in nz as lotsof people know what vego and vegan mean so it is easy to access food, although i recommend spray free organic food as there is no point in putting chemicles into the earth or your body.

I could go on and on but for the moment i am glad to say that when i became vegan 7 years ago it was teh best thing i coudl do mentally and physically

Posted December 4th, 2009 - 6:43 am by from Queenstown, New Zealand (Permalink)
Working in the construction industry, I seem to get treated differently when my peers learn of my eating habits. Copped a lot of flack for it.
Im feeling the dairy products more now, the less I consume the more it effects me. Hay fever becomes terrible with one coffee and milk.
Thing I dont understand, why people think they are adults, when they are consuming milk all the time?
All other beings only do it in adolescence. Are we really that ignorant to believe we are any different?

Soz for not replying for ages, it was great hearing different peoples reasons, for doing what I consider, something very noble.
Could only hope, someone, one day, will read this and realize what is going on. Pushing them and everyone around them to reconsider their own diets.



Posted May 1st, 2010 - 12:58 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)

It's been easy for me as i am born vegetarian, all generations of Mom and Dad are vegetarians. My parents and many elders in my family wouldn't eat in the restaurant where meat or even egg is prepared. But i had to change some where to be bit more social. I know how hard it is for me to move to vegan as i just love the products made from milk and it's derivatives of Yoghurt etc.

I would absolutely agree that, it takes will power and commitment for meat eaters to be vegetarians and more so vegan and freegans.