Editorial: Letters to a Young Vegan


Can [you] please [email] me with any recommendations you might have for someone like me interested in at least trying to see if becoming vegan is even a possibility? Advice, books, how to transition… I will make a serious attempt, but I’d need a lot of help. Thanks.
~ Wanna B. Vegan

Editor Tuesday

Dear Wanna B.,

I don’t have particular reference books for you, but I’m sure there are many other people who would have plenty of such recommendations.  Here are some things that motivated me:

  • Finding out what actually goes on at slaughterhouses, dairy farms, etc. I found it completely traumatizing and knew that I could never support that again. There are plenty of YouTube videos, FaceBook postings, etc., that will get the job done, if you can bear to watch them.
  • Finding out that many—if not most—of humankind’s greatest thinkers started out life eating meat like everybody else, but had gone veg by the end of their lives. The list is quite amazing, and reads like a “Who’s Who” list of the heavy-hitters in science and the arts.
  • Having a personal relationship with someone of another species. A cat walked in my front door a few years ago and changed my life. I could never support the beating, mutilation, torture, and killing of another living being again.
  • Finding GOOD vegan food. You can eat great food—never even once feeling like you’re “missing” something—if you look for good vegan restaurants and dishes. One of the best parts for me has been that I can completely stuff myself on good vegan food without feeling “full” or gaining weight after it. It’s like the best of both worlds.

Anyway, those are some things that caused it to fall in place for me. Honestly, I could not even fathom going back to eating dead bodies. Just feel better mentally, physically, spiritually—you name it.

I think you’ll be thrilled to make the switch!