Hello! Our names are Brian and Kristen, and in January of this year we realized the importance of making the choice to become vegan. Brian was the one to originally bring the notion of vegetarianism to the marriage, and the choice to take a stand against innocent animal suffering was something we could both get behind. However, as we continued to educate ourselves on the issues, we realized that being a vegetarian was not enough. The amount of suffering that factory farm animals are subjected to in the name of dairy and egg products is unimaginable. In fact, the meat and dairy industries survive through the ignorance of the masses. We certainly would never have known the details of what goes on had we not made a distinct effort to learn.
So this blog is about our journey as new vegans. Making dietary changes, looking at the products we use, the clothing we wear and the choices we make. Perhaps most importantly, we will discuss our recent enlightenment on the need for advocacy and activism for animal rights. We are still making our way and trying to figure out how to stand up for something that we believe so strongly.
We will each be posting to this blog intermittently as we experience different things, and occasionally we will post together, like now. We hope that you enjoy reading our story and are excited to have you join us on our journey!
If you are interested in learning more about being vegan, or the injustices done to animals, here are a few resources we have used/liked:
Book: Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis, R.D. & Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D.
Book & Podcast: Vegan Freak, Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World by Bob & Jenna Torres (we downloaded the podcast on iTunes, you can also find them on facebook)
Book: Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog by Gary Francione
~ Brian & Kristen