Choices matter. Always have, always will. Where do our choices originate? I’ve heard it said: “Don’t forget your roots.” Well, I haven’t. For me, veganism began with skateboarding in the late 1980s. Skateboarding? How so? My exposure to that subculture of suburban outcasts led me to the thriving punk and hardcore scenes in Chicago, Illinois. The music fueled my interest in political issues and drove me to study history as an undergraduate. As I learned more about the major social movements of the past (e.g. abolitionism, women’s rights), I began to critically examine my own values. In 1995, my thinking shifted as a direct result of dating an ethical vegetarian who talked to me about her beliefs, listening to Earth Crisis’ Destroy the Machines, and reading Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation. One day that summer I stopped eating meat and immediately started self-identifying as an animal rights activist. Then, a little over three years later I progressed to a vegan lifestyle (click here to listen to more of my personal story). We owe it to the animals to extend moral consideration to them. Veganism is an “antidote” that the world very much needs today because there are few choices that are so powerful on multiple levels. If you would like more information, please click here and here to learn how you can make everyday changes in your eating habits to spare animals needless suffering and protect the environment from further degradation.
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