Sally is Veganuary's Marketing Officer. She joined the team in the Summer of 2015 and is continually grateful for the opportunity to work on such an exciting and inspiring campaign. Vegan since 2008, she is passionate about supporting others and working together to build a stronger community.
I made the decision to go vegan when I was 18 years old after being a vegetarian for four years previously. Over that time, I had learnt more about the animal exploitation involved in the egg and dairy industries and was growing increasingly uncomfortable with my contribution towards this suffering.
Things progressed when I completed a voluntary work placement in Scotland. During this time we ate vegan food, as the only cookbook we were left was a vegan one! We had discussions within the group about our diets and our opinions on animal rights. I read some of the information provided in the cookbook and it pulled at my heart strings. It grew from there really and I’ve never looked back! Those discussions and tasty meals gave me the confidence to go that step further.
When I got home I was equipped with clearer arguments about why I wanted to make more changes to my lifestyle. It also enabled me to explain my choices to my family who, up until then, were not too keen on my idea. I understood their worry, but their fear for my health was based on the misinformation put forward by the mainstream media. Over time I did more research and was able to provide plenty of facts and figures to reassure them that I would still remain healthy (if not healthier!). And now many of my family members have taken on aspects of vegan living or even gone vegan themselves!
I began by changing my diet, and then moved on to buying vegan clothing and cosmetics. I found by changing things step by step I was not too overwhelmed by it all, making it much easier to stick with and build upon.
The more I learned about animal cruelty, the more I wanted to tell the whole world what was happening behind the walls of the slaughterhouses. It tears me apart inside to hear, see, and smell the torture we make these beautifully beings face. So many of us are filled with such compassion that if we were to be given more information, we would want to do all we could to help bring about change.
Alongside eating vegan food, getting involved with outreach work has also been an incredibly positive and empowering experience. Through it I have gained much more confidence, useful skills, learnt more about vegan living, and met some truly wonderful people who I hope to remain friends with forever. It may have involved replacing certain things in my diet, but it has also involved gaining new tastes and experiences.
I can say 100% that making the decision to go vegan for the animals has been the most important and most fulfilling decision I have ever made and one I know I will stick with for the rest of my life.