I was a vegetarian for many years, from about 12 until around 29. I felt it was a large part of my identity when I made the switch after realizing my love for animals meant it was no longer right to be eating them. But then much like many other things, I changed as I grew older.
At first it was fish, then it was “ok” to eat free-range or organic chicken, then the same for other meat. And before I knew it, I was a full-fledged omnivore. Looking back I wish I had never strayed from my path. But it has strengthened my resolve and desire to get back to my cruelty-free lifestyle.
I am an avid animal rights supporter, working in an emergency animal hospital, and volunteering for several animal advocacy groups in my community. I feel that I am doing myself an injustice and have lost a part of myself, my identity, by choosing to eat meat. Having to make this commitment to myself, and to Veganuary is exactly what I need.
I resolve to end animal suffering in my life and to attempt to empower others to do the same.