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From: Thomas Belcastro (
Subject:         Re: is vegan better?
Date: June 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm PST

In Reply to: is vegan better? posted by lori on November 12, 2004 at 3:57 pm:

I would like to say that after doing the vegetarian thing for a year it occurred to me that I'm
still supporting the same industries and institutions I disagreed with in the first place. I
admit giving up cheese and eggs can at first seem daunting but it gets easier. Consider this,
is a life of torture better than death? You stopped eating the chickens, but they still live in
those cages, they are still nailed to the floor, they are still dying... for you to have eggs. As
for the cheese, the cow is still having it's utters cut off and drained daily of what it. Is that
worth the cheese? I feel much healthier after making the adjustments to not having those
products, I found myself being a "cheeseitarian" before i made the change. The quality of my
food has also increased... I've began cooking for myself and therefore avoid the artificial
products that you wrote about (though I love toffutii "cream cheese"). As for the shellfish
problem, they are hard to fish for and many other animals die for them... I do myself
consider them animals, but I understand how you may not...and personally I believe there are
choices you have to make on your own, because it is your life and you shouldn't do this for a
title. For me it's honey... I usually don't eat it because bugs creep me out and the thought of
eating something that they make doesn't sit well with me, but if I come across something,
that is vegan save honey... I'll probably eat it... I don't think that makes me any less vegan
than someone who wholly refrains from it. I hope this helped you out.Good luck in you

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