I've loved animals as long as I've been breathing.
I care deeply about the environment and nature. A dear friend asked me why, then, was I not vegan/vegetarian. I couldn’t come up with a quick answer. After a day or so, I realized that the only reason was because I was lazy (“it takes too long to cook”) or didn’t want to feel deprived (“but i LOVE burgers and cheese”). When I got right down to the base truth of it, those reasons were insufficient. Ever since, my eating has been consistent with my values.