I'm not the perfect vegan, I'm so far from being the perfect vegan it could upset me ... but it doesn't !! Why doesn't it you might ask, well because I am doing exactly what the meme above says. 'I'm doing the best I can to cause the least harm', and hopefully I will be able to carry on this way for the rest of my life.
I can't stand suffering, I can't stand it when people say one thing and do another. 'I love animals' is an often repeated phrase, nine times out of ten from someone who will then go on to eat a slice of one for their tea with a side of chips and a coating of gravy. I just woke up one day, did some research and decided I couldn't be that one of those people anymore, so I changed.
My journey over the last fifteen years has taken me from cutting out red meat, to full on vegetarianism, then back to pescatarianism ... because I thought I needed the nutrients in fish ... HA .... I have felt so much better since I cut all animal products out of my diet ... and now I have moved finally and completely into veganism ... or a completely plant based diet as some call it.
Indeed maybe I should say I am 'plant based eater' rather than a vegan, because still in my life is one of the by-products of the animal industry - leather.
I have a couple of leather bags and a few pairs of leather shoes and boots, the sofa I sit on to eat my plant based meals is made of leather, the steering wheel cover and seat trims of my car are leather. It seems I am surrounded by the stuff. I can't afford to change everything at once but I can use them for now, respectfully make them last, wear them out and when they need replacing replace them with kinder, more soul satisfying alternatives.
Luckily I have always been allergic to wool so I don't have masses of woolly jumpers siting on my shoulders or my conscience, and to my knowledge there is little wool in the house, maybe a percentage in the carpet, but I really don't know.
Little by little I am moving forward, slowly and gently ... and for me that's the best way to go.