Lov­ing all an­i­mals

Animal Scene - - ADVOCATE -

Most of the time, when we talk about an­i­mals and their ef­fect on our men­tal health, we only men­tion com­pan­ion an­i­mals. But other an­i­mals also help me cope, not only with my con­di­tion but also with the strug­gles of be­ing ve­gan.

Ve­g­ans like me are swim­ming against the tide. We usu­ally get mocked or even ha­rassed in so­cial sit­u­a­tions, no mat­ter how peace­able we are.

Know­ing what hap­pens to an­i­mals be­hind closed doors can also make ve­g­ans feel down and hope­less, given that bil­lions of an­i­mals are be­ing killed every year. It’s heart­break­ing to see al­most every­one around us non­cha­lantly par­tic­i­pat­ing in the un­nec­es­sary ex­ploita­tion and harm­ing of an­i­mals. The world has nor­mal­ized vi­o­lence to­ward an­i­mals that most of us don’t see them as sen­tient be­ings any­more — peo­ple only see food and prod­ucts.

No won­der be­ing ve­gan can take a toll on our men­tal health.

I have to ad­mit that be­ing ve­gan can some­times have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on my men­tal health. This is not be­cause of the ve­gan food I eat, but be­cause of how peo­ple re­act when they find out that I don’t eat or use an­i­mals.

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