Those of you who follow my posts know that I've been a vegetarian for about 16 years. That makes me a veg for more than half of my life. I initially made the switch because I can't phantom eating the flesh of a murdered animal. Of course, it also helps that I never liked the taste of meat.
Recently, I've been wondering if I should go completely vegan. There is only one thing stopping me: cheese.
When I became vegetarian, I didn't even know vegans existed. I never realized that many dairy animals are abused and live in inhumane conditions. Those thoughts never crossed my mind. All I wanted to do was stop eating things that were slaughtered for my meal.
Now that I'm older, I'm more aware of the things around me. Even though I still consume some dairy products (mainly cheese), I do my best to pick products that are produced locally. I want to make sure that the animals are loved and cared for by their owners. I know that many dairy farmers treat their cows like household pets; however, many large, big-name farmers neglect and abuse those creatures.
If I eat an egg, it comes from my in-laws, who give their chickens the best life ever. Seriously, I would love to be one of their chickens. They get to roam all day long, while being fed only the best grain. Plus, they don't kill any of them. Those chickens are a part of their family.
Do I really need cheese and eggs? No, of course I don't. So, what's keeping me from making the jump to veganism? Perhaps I'm just too lazy. Being vegetarian in a meat-eating world is difficult at times. How much harder would it be if I were vegan?
I have to stop posing these questions. Instead, I should do it for my body and mind. I would be healthier if I stopped consuming dairy products. They do contain a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol. I would feel better morally if I never had any of those products again. Unless I'm milking a cow on my own property, do I really know how it is treated?
To be vegan or not to be vegan? That is the question.