when i met this guy he ate animals and by-products of animals. i’d never dated a guy that ate animals since i went vegan but we connected, he had compassion and a kind heart and i believed that once he learned the truth, he would be more open to living a cruelty-free lifestyle. he wasn’t closed minded. so i told him what happened to the animals before he ate them. he never ate animals around me out of respect and because he knew it would deeply upset me. but he still ate them. a few weeks later he told me he decided to stop eating animals and be vegetarian. i was so proud of him but he still ate eggs and dairy. he started watching videos about the dairy industry and then he told me he’d been vegan for a week. he has remained vegan since. he protests for animal rights, as much as he protests for human rights now. i couldn’t be more proud of him and his journey. i know that not every story is the same, but i just wanted to share this story because sometimes i think we can judge too quickly without looking at the potential someone has to take in new information and grow as a person. if we remember to take a look at ourselves, and our own journey… we can keep in mind that we were once ignorant to what we know now. and if it wasn’t for that one thing we read/watched/listened to or person who told us we may not be where we are now. so keep sharing information and don’t give up on those that are ignorant but willing to listen. some people just haven’t seen what we have seen. yet!
This is so important to remember in any form of activism. It can be so easy to forget what it was like to be complicit.