Hey folks,

I know you were expecting T&G Tuesday, do not fret, it will return next week! In the meantime, I am thrilled to introduce you to another lovely guest blogger!  I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle recently and we hit it off immediately, we have so much in common that we joke that we are twins!  I'm sure you can see the resemblance. :-)  Anyway, I asked if she would be willing to share her vegan journey with you and she happily obliged!  So, without further delay, check her out M's journey below!

M and Opal (Turkey who lives at Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary)

My Journey to Veganism- by Michelle

 I grew up, like most of us, living in a meat eating household, eating McDonald’s chicken nuggets at least once a week. I ate so many cheeseburgers as a kid that my parents would tease me that I was going to become a cheeseburger, I was that addicted. I grew up drinking cow’s milk and cooking eggs for breakfast. But (there is always a but, isn’t there?), I knew something was wrong with eating animals. Starting at age three (and my Mom can testify to this), I would constantly question what I was eating, “What animal did this come from?” I knew something was off about eating another animal but unfortunately, at no fault of my own or to my family, I kept eating animals because I didn’t know any better.
I made a couple halfhearted attempts when I was in my early teens to become a vegetarian but nothing took. It wasn’t until I was 17 and a truck of baby chicks passed by me on the highway. That was my light bulb moment. From that moment forward, I was a vegetarian and knew that I could never hold another animals life above my own. A couple years later, I made the switch to veganism because I wanted to be, what I like to call, morally consistent. If I wasn’t going to eat meat, then why should I consume any animal products at all? Going vegan was easily the best decision I ever made. The one thing I find unique about my journey to veganism, is that not only was I showing off my animal loving side starting at age 3, but I became both vegan and vegetarian solely based on moral grounds. I had never seen footage of factory farming until after making the change, or knew about the other devastations that eating animals causes. Although the horrors of factory farming solidified becoming vegan, I became vegan on the moral principle that I am no more important than any other animal.
The point of why I’m sharing my journey to veganism with you? I’m not perfect and I don’t pretend to be on a vegan high horse. I understand all of the excuses meat eaters make because at one point or another, I made them myself. Deep down, we all know that eating animals is wrong. My only regret I have is that I didn’t become vegan sooner but guess what? Every single day I wake up with the chance to help animals by not eating them and you do too. Every single day we are faced with decisions and one of them includes the choice to leave animals off of our plates. I implore you to consider veganism because, I guarantee that if I can do it, you can do it too.

 Michelle is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelors degree in Sociology/Social Psychology. She currently works for PETA, where she helps people, help animals. She is also the founder of No Animals Harmed, a blog dedicated to all things vegan. Michelle lives in Los Angeles, with her companion dog Callie, who is the second best thing that ever happened to her.

Thanks so much for sharing Michelle! Everyone, please be sure to show her some love by visiting her blog, facebook and twitter!!/michellevegan

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