As a survivor of SRA, I know what it’s like to live in incredibly horrendous conditions. I’ve also seen animals exploited in terrible ways for use during rituals. That’s why, after some careful thought and research, I decided to join People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and get involved in some of their work. I know it isn’t the choice that every survivor of SRA or indeed every person in general wishes to make. However, it’s what works for me.
Before moving to America, I hadn’t eaten meat in years. Very recently, I made the decision to go back to the vegetarian diet, but I departed from that briefly. Now that I’ve picked it back up, I’ve started making other changes as well. Last night I chucked any cosmetics I had that were produced by companies that do animal testing, and I narrowed down the leather bags and clothing to a few items that can be sold or given away. Dairy is slowly disappearing from my diet as well. Certain changes should be made slowly, and as my diet was more dairy-based than I realised, that is something I’m phasing out over the next week or so.
It really isn’t as difficult as it sounds, this vegan lifestyle. I haven’t got alot of spare money and can’t afford highly specialised products. What I *can* do is become more aware as a consumer and buy brands such as White Rain that are affordable, accessible, and cruelty-free. Try Caring Consumer for resources on cruelty-free shopping.
This was a well thought out decision for me, and fits perfectly with my belief system. I feel great about making the transition.