Repost from @moby - it was 30 years ago today, Thanksgiving 1987, that i became a vegan. And Tucker, the tiny kitten
pictured here, was the one who turned me from a McDonald's eating suburban kid into a vegan.
When I was 10 years old and found Tucker at the dump in Darien, Connecticut he was so little his
eyes hadn't even opened. My mom and I, with the help of George the dachsund, took care of Tucker
and he grew up to be the happiest, healthiest cat I'd ever known.
I loved Tucker, and all of our rescued animals, unconditionally. But I was a suburban kid, so I also
loved hamburgers and hot dogs and pepperoni pizza. I embodied that strange human paradox: to love animals
and also eat them.
Then one day, when I was 19 and Tucker was 10, he and I were playing and I had an epiphany.
In an instant I realized: Tucker has 2 eyes, and a central nervous system, and an amazingly
rich emotional life and a deep desire to avoid pain. And I realized that every animal with 2 eyes and a central nervous
system has a rich emotional life and a deep desire to avoid pain. In that instant I decided that just as I
would never do anything to harm Tucker, or any of our rescued animals, I also would never do anything
to harm any animal, anywhere.
So thanks to Tucker I became a vegetarian(that was 1984), and then a few years later, in 1987, a vegan.
Thank you, Tucker(currently in cat heaven), and Happy Thanksgiving. #Govegan#bevegan#livevegan#ethicalliving#ethics#crueltyfree#veganyouth#crueltyfreeyouth#loveanimals#animallovers#petlovers#doglovers#catlovers#animals#paleo#lowcarb#highcarb#meat#eggs#milk#dairy#cooking#foodgram#bethechange#veganinromania#rovegan