Thankfully, living as a vegan, especially for those of us in the developed world, is much, much easier than it is commonly perceived to be. During the past several years, vegan recipe blogs and Facebook pages have proliferated into the hundreds, if not thousands. Both the number and the variety of vegan items available in stores and online are increasing annually. New vegan businesses are opening and thriving more than ever, including cafes, bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, online boutiques, and even retreat centers and B&Bs. In an increasing number of locations, there are now entire grocery stores that stock nothing but vegan products.
Yes, there’s never been a better time. And as the demand for vegan alternatives grows, it’s only going to get even easier.
For some people thinking about veganism, the idea is inextricably interlinked with the idea of ‘giving things up’: giving up the pleasure of one’s favorite foods or restaurants, giving up cherished items of clothing, bedding or furniture, giving up certain social experiences, and perhaps even giving up friendships and connections with those who are attached to their current perception of animals. There certainly is an initial adjustment period, during which new habits are established, and the new vegan learning to read ingredient labels might be surprised or even shocked to learn where certain animal products find their way into our lives.
Our suggestion to people who are not 100% confident about their commitment to vegan living is to do everything you can to educate yourself about why you are making this change.
Read about it, learn about it, and keep reading and learning until you reach the point where the products of animal slavery no longer appeal to you.
Once you really understand the reasons for being vegan, there is no social challenge that will make you question your resolve, and no degree of pressure will cause you to be tempted to break your commitment.
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BeFairBeVegan is an animal justice campaign run by the Colorado-based non-profit Be Fair Be Vegan. The first high-profile vegan campaign in the US to present the end of all animal use as a prerequisite for a fair and just society, it was launched in New York City in August of 2016. Created and designed by Joanna Lucas, it is managed by a collective of vegan activists. All content subject to copyright.