Veganism Was the Next Step
by Caroline Lupardo
I decided, completely on my own, that I wanted to be a vegetarian when I was 5 years old. Now I am almost 16, and have recently been learning more in depth the unnecessary cruelty of dairy farming, and how it supports the veal and meat industry.
I have always had a belief that every animal was important, and that human superiority over other species was wrong. We have an unfair advantage over other species. The reverence for all life is something I feel strongly about.
By going vegan, I am not supporting or accepting something I don't believe in. Also, I am making sure no other living thing suffers because of me. Since going vegan, I have eaten healthier, and in turn, felt better. I may have lost a little weight but, I haven't really kept track. Though health benefits such as this, as well as many others, are a plus, they are virtually irrelevant to me. They point you to the most obvious and morally sound dietary choice, but had no effect on my initial decision to go vegan.
For me it is all about listening to my conscience, and helping those who need it most. It has been difficult at times, convincing my parents and friends. But, it is worth it because I am taking the next step towards peace and happiness of all species.