Well, after years of thinking about it, a trip to Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres in Acton, CA. last Sunday was the tipping point, and as of a week ago, MrsHound and I are both vegans.
The tour of Animal Acres was eye-opening. The wealth of information provided along the way was illuminating and nauseating. Most people, I think, are aware of the awful treatment provided cows, pigs, and other animals that become steaks, chops, bacon, and the like, but most people do not realize that the treatment of egg-laying hens and milk cows is far, far worse. Thus, if you care, you must become vegan, and not only reject meat, poultry, and fish, but all animal products, ESPECIALLY including dairy.
We have had the amazing support of our daughter and son-in-law, who have been vegan for many years. When with them, we have tried to follow their rules, and those rules are now our own as well. Also, our new friend, Sharon Nazarian of Big City Vegan has provided further support and information, and I look forward to seeing her at Affiliate Summit East 2012 in New York in August.
What I have found so far is that eating at home can fairly easily be managed, but I see future problems when out and about, unless you have the time to travel to one of the very few good vegan eateries around. Travel in the future is also a concern, in airports and on the road, and in smaller cities in other states besides California, New York, and even Nevada.
And there is the problem of MrsHound’s diabetes. We have yet to find suitable substitutes for many of the sugar-free staples she has become dependent upon.
I will have a lot more to say about all this in the coming weeks and months. For now, I do have these Twitter recommendations: For great vegan info, products, and recipes, follow @BigCityVegan. For more great vegan info and animal rights and political insights, follow @favabean and @NeoRenfield