Behind The Meat: The Tale Of A Vegan

Behind The Meat: The Tale Of A Vegan

Taylor West, Assistant Editor

How much meat do you eat? It seems like an odd question, though when you really think about it, most of us eat meat quite often.

Now ask yourself, how many of the things that you eat come from an animal? For those of us who are not vegan or even vegetarian, more than half our diet is supplied at the courtesy of some type of animal. For a vegan, taking out anything that comes at the expense of animals is how they live.

There are many people who use vegan and vegetarian interchangeably; however, this couldn’t be more wrong. A vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat. While a vegan is also a person who doesn’t eat meat, they also don’t bother with anything that comes from an animal.

Within the principle of being a vegan, there are two loosely outlined types. Type A is the die-hard vegan. They don’t leave anything up to chance when it comes to questioning whether or not something may be created from an animal. Type A vegans also limit themselves outside their food by making sure that they are completely cleansed from animal cruelty products.

Then there are Type B vegans. While they still don’t eat any kind of meat or anything that comes from animals food-wise, they don’t always particularly check to make sure that something as simple their shoes or phone case to ensure that an animal did not die in the process of making it. You could say they are the “occasional” vegan.

Bryleigh Andrews sat in her furry coat, knees crossed over each other and back up straight. She wore her coat with pride; it’s vegan friendly material, glowing almost as radiantly as her lightly freckled cheeks. She admits with a slight blush she is can often be a Type B vegan. With the glory and pride of ending cruelty against animals one person at a time, not all food was given up without a fight, chocolate being the hardest.

“Sometimes I’ll eat milk chocolate, and I usually feel pretty guilty about it. I try to eat dark chocolate when it’s available, though it’s not always an option,” Andrews said.

She has a love-hate relationship with being asked about her veganism, and I sat in front of her with a list of questions about just that. Being a vegan had been a part of her life for just over three years now and it happened to be one of the most life changing decisions she decided to make.

Her complete 180 of how she continued on with not only her diet, but her life, was inspired by the cruel treatment of animals, and how she could never stomach the truth about the food she was ingesting. In these past three years, she claims the easiest thing for her to quit eating was meat.

Out of all the milk and cheese products she once ate almost daily, meat was the no-brainer to give up. With no particular meat easiest to give up, the food is now repulsive to her, and hadn’t exactly been appealing before her new found style of what she considers a “morally correct” way of eating either.

All in all, Andrews has given the past three years of her life to veganism. The transition was a different kind of difficult than she had ever faced, mostly because once the idea of being vegan had formed in her mind, it would take everything in the world to push it back out. While it may not always be the easiest, or cheapest, she can’t see her life without it.