My vegan baptism

The title of this post is far more glamorous than the actual event itself, the moment of conversion, when I actually said to myself, “I’m going to be a vegan.”

It’s one of those things that has sat at the back of my mind for some time, but I’ve done nothing with it. I’ve seen the visible increase in vegan adoptions, menu’s, and food stuffs on the supermarket shelves, yet I’ve remained on the fence. I guess I needed more conviction, more reason to go vegan than my own desire to see my middle aged man belly disappear before the summer arrives.

I decided to join a local “Vegan Facebook Group” just to see what advice it’s members would give to a (nearly) vegan man. Wowsa ! You guys are not shy in coming forward are you, I got enough links and reading material to keep me occupied for a couple of years ! Nutritional facts and figures, success stories, interviews, speeches, Ted-Talks, activism, and of course enough recipes for butternut squash than is humanly possible to execute in an average lifetime.

I was very grateful of course for all the information, but would I find what I was looking for ? Remember the bit about conviction …. I needed something to move me beyond my own thoughts about veganism.

Enter ….. “Land of Hope and Glory” a film about UK Animal Farming. Here’s how it’s makers, Surge, introduce it.

About the film

In 2005, a film called Earthlings became the most pivotal documentary of the animal rights movement. Here in the UK however, we found the phrase “that doesn’t happen in our country” coming up far too much. We wanted to set the record straight. Through Land of Hope and Glory we aim to show the truth behind UK land animal farming by featuring the most up to date investigations as well as never before seen undercover footage, with a total of approximately 100 UK facilities featured throughout the film.

It was at about the 8th or 9th minute that I heard myself say, “I’m definitely going to be a vegan.” The film is that powerful. I had to watch the rest of it in 10 minute chunks as I found the content extremely uncomfortable to watch. I refuse to believe that any sane person could watch this footage and not be moved to do something.

why was it so powerful ?

It moved the onus from me, to the animals, which is exactly what I needed. You see I find it difficult to motivate myself when the benefits are heavily slanted towards me, but when the motivation is someone, or something else, then my drive increases. My focus changed from simple health benefits, to a desperate need to stop what I was seeing in front of my eyes. The film made me angry, sick, sad, but most of all convinced. Convinced that I needed to do something that made a difference.

So that was yesterday, and today I’ve been thinking a lot about planning. Vegans plan a lot I think. Instead of focusing on the food I can eat, I have been thinking more about the food in my kitchen that I can no longer eat, which renders most of the contents of my fridge, out of bounds. All that diary stuff wow !!! But it feels good, I feel like I have purpose in what I’m doing, and that my food choices are not just for entertainment. I feel as if this is how it should be.

I’m hoping that this space will be visited, and read, by (nearly) vegans as well as (already) vegans, so if you are a vegan that wants to know more about UK animal farming and it’s practices, or if you are a meat eater that’s thinking about becoming a vegan and who needs a little nudge, then here’s the film that changed my life.​ 

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