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From: Julie (
Subject: No vegan friends...
Date: April 5, 2002 at 6:33 pm PST

I became a vegan this year. I've been a vegetarian since I was 14 years old and wanted to be vegan too, but my parents wouldn't let me because they said I would die by the age of I had to wait until this year, my first year of college, to live a vegan lifestyle. (Now that I'm 6 hours away from home, they don't have much control over my eating habits!) Anyway, I do not have any support from anyone - my parents, brother, roomate, floormates, or friends in my major. There was a vegetarian club last year, I am told, but now it is completely non-existent. Any time I mention veganism to others, they don't understand and say that my ideas are crazy - "Milk helps PREVENT osteoporosis - it doesn't cause it!" Now I don't have any friends at college because they thought my eating habits were too "weird", and didn't understand my compassion towards animals. My parents think I should be a normal teenager and not worry about cruelty to animals or environmental problems. I can't find anyone with my values here. Help!

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