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    Profile photo of FuriousPanda1216

    Over a year ago

    (in advance i would like to apologize for the big mess ill probably make trying to explain myself…..sorry) for awhile now ive been wanting to go vegan, but my mom is crazy judgmental about it one day i casually slipped in that my cousins were thinking about going vegetarian, and then quietly said that i was thinking about it too (i thought i could ease her into it by saying i was vegetarian first, and just be vegan, i dont know, i was just scared to ask her/tell her i dont want to be a part of animal cruelty anymore) and she just stared at me for awhile ……then acted like i was weird for days after not only that but she and my grandma would say stuff like “even if you do, its not gonna make a difference” “this is the way the world is…..you have to accept it” blah blah blah…i love my family….but meat and non cruelty free products just sicken me now……and i dont know how to bring the subject up again without offending her and i dont know know how to convince her to let me. for some reason anytime i want to do something thats more like me instead of her she gets frustrated so……any advice would be really nice…..thank you 😀

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  • Profile photo of taylorwashburn1998

    Over a year ago

    ive been through that too. but honestly you just need to stick up for your beliefs and hope for support. expain that vegan is a great thing to be. it keeps you healthy and proud. then throw in some facts. ex: tell your grandmother that a vegan on average saves about 100 animals per year.
    then tell them how it just makes you feel better about yourself and the world and you hope they would support you. every vegan makes a difference. it doesnt matter if you help one animal or 10000 animals. the point is you saved a soul. thats an entire life. if you ask me that means alot. if they refuse you, you shouldnt give up. try your best on sticking with your opinions and carry them out. ik it can be hard when you live in a very meaty family, but theyll soon understand that this is your choice and a caring loving one at that. good luck!

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  • Profile photo of TogetherWeCanSaveThemAll

    Over a year ago

    They way the world is CAN be changed by just 1 person. Do you know you are saving 100 animals a year by going vegan? If you convince just one other person to go vegan with you, you are saving 200 animals per year. I’m sorry that you are going through this. I know how tough it can be to explain to people your choices in life. It’s even harder when they act like YOU are the crazy one. Yeah, because it’s perfectly normal to eat a dead body! I hope you mom will come to understand your choice, but it’s important for you to stick up for what’s right even if she doesn’t.

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  • Profile photo of FuriousPanda1216

    Over a year ago

    thank you guys very much 😀 definitely gonna talk to her about it soon!!!

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  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    Over a year ago

    If everyone had that mentality there would still be slavery, child labor, sexism, and racism as acceptable practices worldwide. The reason that any movement had an impact is because someone decided to do something about an idea they didn’t agree with. Heroes in history dealt with scrutiny and heck Martin Luther king was called an extremist in his time, but if you stand up for your beliefs you may just prove them wrong. Tell them that there are many good things that result from veganism.

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    Over a year ago

    Hey @FuriousPanda1216,

    That’s awful that you’re having to deal with this :( I’ve never understood why on earth parents wouldn’t be happy at the thought of their kids going vegan. If I had a kid who wanted to go vegan, I would be so proud that I had raised a compassionate kid, and happy that my kid would be living a much healthier lifestyle!

    Here’s where your mom’s judgement is a bit off: this is NOT just “the way the world is” and you do NOT have to accept it, and you will be directly making a difference. Every single vegan is personally saving an estimated 100 animals a year by not eating them!

    You should try explaining to your mom that meat is actually quite unhealthy and laden with harmful chemicals and hormones that are known to cause heart disease, strokes, and even certain types of cancer. You can share this with her to help her understand the health benefits of going vegan: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/infographics/ and here you can teach her that you can easily get all the nutrients you need while being cruelty-free: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/infographic-how-to-go-vegan/.

    I know it can be a hard topic to discuss with your parents, so here are some tips that you might find useful: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/talking-veganism-parents/!

    Good luck!!! Keep us posted :)

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