seaworldsuxwhen I was in 7th grade, I remember coming across a video on the internet about chickens & how they were treated before they were slaughtered. I was only fourteen years old & totally scarred from what I had seen in that video. Living baby chicks were being snapped in half, thrown away as if their lives meant nothing. Looking back, I felt mature for thinking the things that I did. I couldn’t believe that the truth was just put on the back burner – that stuff like this actually happens and we just, don’t talk about it, ever. We know it’s totally wrong but we grew up eating this way, so… it’s normal. right? People have been eating animals since forever, so it’s normal!! right? and you’re probably reading this right now thinking “well it is….”. but when I watched these videos of animals being brutally tortured and stepped on and thrown at the wall, nothing was normal about it. It was cruel and twisted, and I just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around it. I knew that animals were dying, obviously, in order for us to be able to eat these kinds of things. But did I know how these animals were actually being treated or what conditions that we as humans forced these precious innocent animals to live in? Absolutely not. No one really knows until they watch the videos, and even then, they don’t really know. after coming across that video in middle school, I stopped eating meat & and I stuck with it for two years…. but then I caved. It’s hard not to cave… especially when your mind is focused on your appetite instead of the victims. It wasn’t until September 11, 2015, when I made the actual leap…. overnight. I followed so many girls on Instagram who were vegan and they would always post photos that interested me and captions that made me think. I was totally inspired by how radiant these people were and the messages that they were always sending out – happiness, peace, health, and most importantly, (to me), animal rights. I honestly admired anyone who was vegan because I thought they had such incredible willpower. I never thought I could do it. I literally remember sitting on my bedroom floor the night before I went vegan, and thinking…. ‘I can do this. but then I’ll never be able to have chik-fil-a again. or fish tacos.’ etc. I thought about all the food that I loved that I wouldn’t be able to eat again. That saddened me…. in a very selfish kind of way. I hated so much that I was even thinking like that. I remember coming across a photo on Instagram that said “why do we love some animals and put a fork in others?” and I think that really stuck with me. I looked up videos and read stories of people who applied at slaughterhouses just for investigation & who worked there for months undercover. I needed to see these things and read these things. It’s important that we know what’s going on. after all, the truth isn’t advertised. I probably spent about two hours looking up these kinds of things…. once I was done, I sat there and thought for a second & then went downstairs and told my mom that I was gonna do this vegan thing. almost 2 years later and I’m still vegan strong! I want to inspire & motivate others to live a better / healthier life & I hope I’m able to do so through this blog! x