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KP: Matthew Fernie Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 1:20am
A few of you may have noticed the repetitive, aggressive comments posted by Matthew Fernie on this website. Intrigued by his die-hard committment to the consumption of eating beef, I began to wonder whether perhaps he was somehow involved in the beef industry.

With the wonders of google - sure enough - I found this link....

I think it's fairly safe to say that you are not an unbiased party on this issue and you have been revealed to be a small and desperate little man with too much time on his hands.

YOU are a direct part of this cruelty that all the caring people on this website are trying to do something about.
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Ella Moffatt: Don't let anyone make u eat meat if u don't want 2 Thursday, 29 September 2011 at 9:21pm
I became a vegetarian when I was about 9 and I'm nearly 11 now, but lots of adults say that I need 2 eat meat 2 keep healthy but I'm never going 2 eat meat again.

"Animals r my friends, I don't eat my friends"

You say u love animals, but then u go and have them 4 dinner.
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yvette: Cattle export turned me off meat Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 2:31am
I was a cattle farmer till I saw what was happening to our cattle once overseas,
This I might add happens on our own shores as I have witnessed it at Auctions around this wide brown land of ours.
Sad but true
I stopped eating RED meat as my protest to this cruelty and have never looked back.
I might still eat Fish and chicken, But it's a start, Maybe not eating any meat for a week might be the trick?
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Natasha: Matthew Sunday, 10 October 2010 at 9:41pm
I'm a massive believer in Choice. I'm Pro choice in every aspect of life, even when it comes to eating meat. I'm a vego, and I'm happy I am.  I don't believe eating meat is the right thing to do. My question to Matthew is why come on a website where the beliefs of the people who visit is clear, and argue wth the life choices everyone has made? Do you really think by coming on here and posting your comments is going to change anyone's mind? What's the point? We have every right to be veg if we choose, what's it to you? You want to eat meat? Then go ahead, we think it's wrong, but we aren't going to seek you out on your outlet, where you connect and talk about your life choices and abuse you for the choices you make! Of course if you come on a website like this and start arguing facts with people who think differently to you, you'll be abused. You'll make a lot of people angry and waste your time unnecessarily. Get a life, and let people live theirs the way they want to! It has no affect on you what so ever what I, or anyone else eats. You might sit there and call us ignorant, we might call you ignorant, arrogant, and INTOLERANT right back.
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Ella Moffatt: Donation Wednesday, 19 October 2011 at 4:20am
I am setting up a stall at the garage sale my family is having and all the money earnt will go to animals australia^_^
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Jenni Wyrsta: Going Vegan Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at 11:17pm
I've always preferred vegies on my plate, but have lived a "traditional" home life eating meat. But after the 4 Corners programme, I went vegetarian, and now I don't eat animals. That's the difference for me. I used to eat meat, now I don't eat animals. The next step is going vegan, and that's my target in this challenge. Even though I'm a new vegetarian, and loving it, I'm already half way to vegan. What a better world it would be if more of the population did the same. Why can't the health dept promote it more?
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Hayley: Matthew Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 8:39am

I am not sure what the point is arguing about the pro's of eating meat when there aren't any.  Perhaps if you based your argument on some actual valid facts, you might find that people will be less frustrated with your narrow minded and ill-informed statements. It's actually not healthier to eat meat and it is argued that humans are not designed to eat meat. True carnivores, have razor sharp teeth, huge sharp claws and are super-fast runners, you can't run that fast, your teeth are flat, and nails not that useful for ripping into a piece of meat.  Carnivores intestines are only about 6 feet long, ours are over three times this and it takes 3 days for a piece of meat to pass through your body and its about 98 degrees inside you, hmm meat sitting in 98 degrees for three days, sounds real healthy!  Most people who have cut meat out of their diet notice better digestive function, improved cholesterol levels, better skin, hair and overall better energy levels.

These points below are all facts, and can be backed up with research and data if you would like me to pass it on to you.

1. Meat DOES contribute to global warming and climate change and it wastes significant amounts of water
2. Factory faming creates toxic waste
3. animals eat a lot of food far more than vegetables (funny that!)
4. The meat industry relies heavily on oil
5. Cows are destroying the planet - meat production uses significant amounts of fuel and water and it put huge pressure on the land itself
6. Producing beef is contributing to the destruction of many of the world's rainforests
7. Biodiversity is significantly impacted by meat production
8. Meat production is cruel (perhaps you should go and get informed, visit a slaughterhouse and see if you would then be prepared to eat the meat after you watch and animals suffer and be killed).
9. Milk is nasty for your body, it's a total myth that we need to drink it and it does not prevent osteoporosis
10. Eating meat and dairy food has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and milk is linked to many allergies and also asthma

And finally Matthew, you have to take a moment and remind yourself that killing a living thing is a BIG deal. Killing something and then disposing of it like it's worth nothing is a big deal and should not be something we all just do without giving it a second thought.  Perhaps you feel the need to convince yourself that you need meat to justify your own ignorance and lack of awareness.  I would ask you that before you make comments and statements in protest of the decisions that many people have made on the basis of great consideration of what is right and researched where what they eat comes from, take a moment and reflect on why you feel so strongly about eating meat.
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Anna: 'NO MORE SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS' Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 11:51pm
Yesterday i was driving behind a cattle truck,(going off to the slaughter house). The cattle were screaming out(cows are very smart)they knew where they where going, i got this feeling that i've should have stoped the truck,but iwas powerless.I was in tears and have promissed that no animal will ever SUFFER or DIE for my own gratification.  Peace & Love  ( )
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Sharon Rabusin: vego/vegan Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 9:25am
Since the 4 Corners story went to air, the vego/vegan popluation in Australia must have tripled at least. I am proud to be one of the converted - well almost. And it is thanks mainly to Animals Australia for opening so many eyes.
After watching Gary Yurofsky's "The best speech you will ever hear" (available on YouTube), i began my journey towards vegan overnight.
Sometimes it is a bit of a struggle (especially with a 4 year old who wont eat vegies!!!), but with all the recipe ideas on this site, it should be a bit easier.
Its all worth it in the end.

So a big thank you to everyone at Animals Australia for all the hardwork.
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Samantha Nuon: New vegetarian Monday, 26 September 2011 at 1:33am
After watching all the footage on the Animal Australian website and getting to understand the reality of this cruel business of live export, I lost my appetite when it comes to eating meat, I just stopped eating it. Its very new to me, I never thought about becoming a vegetarian before, I was happy to eat my steak and not bothered to think where it actually came from, I shamefully thought that the animals that were killed did not suffer or feel any pain %u2026%u2026how can I be so blind? I regret that I did not know this or taken the time to learn about this! That I regret. I wish I stopped eating meat earlier, not only have I found it very easy to follow a vegetarian diet, if you are thinking of becoming one , try it you be surprise how easy it is ! I feel healthier and I know that I am doing something personally satisfying to help these innocent animals. It is wonderful humble contented feeling knowing that an animal did not have to die because I wanted a steak or lamb rack. I am not oblivious to the fact that in reality meat will always be eaten, I wouldn't pressure anyone to become a vegetarian; it's a personal choice that I respect, my family still eats meat. I do know that in reality as long as humans eat meat then animals will always be slaughtered%u2026 and no kind of slaughtering is pain free and cruelty free for any animal, but surely we can make it as humane as possible, there is no excuse to put them through the suffering and fear of what I witness on these footages.
Thank you Four Corners, Animal Australia and all those that commented on this site %u2026.for it has opened my eyes, please don't stop what you are doing, you really are the voices for these innocent animals.
Cassy: Children Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 4:35am
My 7 year old daughter went Vegie earlier this year after seeing posters of animals in factory farms.  She gets a lot of ribbing at school but is adamant she will never eat meat again, she is the future for the animals of the world.  My 4 year old is now a vegie by default, as the rest of the family are, she is starting to understand why we choose to be this way.  I hope my children will carry this message forward, although some of the parents are already getting upset and telling us that our 7 year old should keep her opinions to herself - I encourage her to keep telling her opinions about the eating of meat and the treatment of animals!
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gail canning: Go VEGAN Wednesday, 28 September 2011 at 11:40pm
I have been a vegan for 18 months now - I cut out everything and went "cold turkey" sorry about the pun. It's the best thing I ever did. There are heaps of vegetarian/vegan cookbooks around and the internet has hundreds of great recipes.  You should also try the Linda McCartney range - it's really good. Good luck everyone! It's easier than you think...
Keith Jackson: Vegan Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 6:51am
Never tried it but our family will be giving it ago from the 1st - 7th
Natasha Chow: Roadkill Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 10:45pm
I cry everytime I see a helpless animal laying dead on the road, yet I can go to the supermarket, buy and then eat  meat...I'm so detached from what I'm actually eating, it's scary. Time for me to stop being in denial!...and learn a whole new style of cooking.
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noreen: Go Veg! Monday, 26 September 2011 at 5:36am
I have been vegetarian for 34 years. I am healthier & younger looking than most women of my age,57. I don't understand how people can see a cow or sheep and say cute, then go home and eat their lamb roast??? Don't they get it??? I think as humans we are way too intelligent and educated to keep killing animals for food when we can adequately grow nutritious food that is nice to eat.
I hope EVERYONE gives it a go for 7 may find you feel so good and keep it up.
Jessica Armstrong: Earthlings Sunday, 3 October 2010 at 6:16am
If you haven't already, watch Earthlings. I won't ask you to turn vegetarian or vegan or even cut down on your meat, just watch Earthlings. Inform yourself. If you feel the same way about meat afterwards, then fine. But wilful ignorance is the absolute worst.
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vicki: vegetarianism Friday, 7 October 2011 at 11:16am
I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years, just the thought of putting animal flesh in my mouth makes me nauseous. There are thousands of beautiful vege recipes out there ,no need to kill animals who look to us for protection,and are treated so inhumanely. Good luck to everyone taking the pledge
Penelope Muir: vego for thirty years Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 1:18am
I have been a vegetarian for thirty years and at fifty six I am very healthy and fit. I have  avaried and intertesting diet and most of all I can sleep without worrying about the suffering I would cause to animals, I highly recommend vegetarianism to everybody who cares about the results of their choices on other animals.
Dani: Change Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 1:51am
The Stages of change in Humanity are like this;


Every major change in the world was been disruptive and hard.

It wasnt that long ago that black people were thought of as slaves!
Dont give up- your changing the planet and it will take a little time :)

Your the pioneers!
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nadene: sounds cool... Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 4:55pm
You know, when I tell people I'm vegetarian, I often get the response "I love my meat" or "I'm a proud carnivore" and the thoughts always go through my head - how can you love to eat something that's made of the same thing you are???  And what pride is there in not even giving a second thought to how that meal got to your plate???

One of my biggest dislikes is seeing someone complain about the "toughness" or "dryness" of the animal they just ate and leaving half of it on their plate.... I feel devastated for the animal, that even in it's death, it still wasn't appreciated.

Sounds cool to eat meat - but there's nothing cool about killing.
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estelle: going veg is easy Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 9:24am
I used to think it was impossible to actually live without eating meat and here I am, 5 years on, still very much alive and feeling better for it.

Being vegetarian isn't like giving up an addiction like smoking or chocolate.  What I see, when I look at meat, is a dead animal that's suffered, had no respect in life or death and it feels something like looking at a human leg on offer to chow down on.   The thought of having that animal in my stomach actually makes me sick to think about now.  It's actually quite a filthy concept to me.  You'd be disgusted if you knew the filth that's being served up in our butchers and supermarkets.  

I read a book called "quantam wellness" and the vegetarian section inspired me to investigate further, but it wasn't until I read "The pig that sang to the Moon" that my heart went out to animals and the sacrifice that they make for us.  It changed my life.  It wasn't hard from that moment on.  It would actually be harder now for me to eat a mouth full of it.  You'd have to knock me out first!

I believe that given the choice, animals want to live.  Who am I to take that from them?   It's an unnecessary cruelty that I can do without.  I want no part of it.  

I have more pride in myself being a vegetarian than I ever did as a meat-eater.  That's a fact.  And I'm still alive..... and I'm still strong!  I can't stand the smell or texture of animals flesh anymore - it's funny how it's turned out that way...
Heidi: Go vegan for the animals! Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 8:37pm
It is so exciting to see all the people here who care about animals and want to make a real difference by not eating them anymore! We all agree that it is wrong to hurt and kill animals unnecessarily, and now we know that it is NOT necessary to eat any animal products - including dairy and eggs. Just have a look at the animals Australia pages on dairy and eggs, you will never want to eat them again! Now that you know, start going vegan - go "cold tofu" or go gradually, but keep eliminating animal suffering from your life!
Kate: Thank YOU! Friday, 7 October 2011 at 3:48am
This has been an eye-opening week for me - in the past I had made resolutions to cut back on the meat for a certain number of days a week and that number would steadily decrease as time went by - until I forgot about it.
But this week - I took the pledge - I stuck with it - I used your tips and some recipes (cocnout & lentil dahl - hello!), I bought Fry's mock meats (I actually prefer their fake chicken stuff to the real thing! Not sure if that's cause now I know where chicken comes from) and went to Las Vegan and Loving Hut and loved it..
I think I may just be ready to be vegetarian! :)
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Danielle: Try something new - go Veg! Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 10:08am
I have been a vegetarian  for about 3-4 years now and the longer I am a vego the easier it becomes. It's amazing the level of ignorance that still exists out there - some people still think we must just eat salad. For vegos out there that do miss meat - a brand called Quorn is pretty good - in fact one of their products (Soy based) tastes a little too much like chicken for my tastes, but a lot of their meat alternatives are great to try if you are not a fan of tofu.
I have copped a lot of flack from family and friends in the past because of my vegetarianism and passion for animal welfare. It gets down to pure ignorance - Ive had many conversations where people have stopped me and said "Stop, I can't handle hearing any more of that". Good on you Animals Australia for forcing people to stop being ignorant!
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Mick E Boy. Perth.: Universal awareness Saturday, 24 September 2011 at 7:18pm
Mankind cannot continue to behave without compassion for ourselves, each
other and all the life forms we share this sacred planet with.
We grow animals like wheat and have no regard for the quality of their lives, for most of  us there is no conscious link between our mouths and the food that goes In to nourish us.
To create an awareness of the awesome gift a few grains of rice is to you from nature, brings you back to the spiritual essence of humanity, we are here to make a difference.
I am honored to be part of this community, I applaud you all for giving all creatures a voice and justifying your vegan and vegetarian beliefs on a daily basis to others.
Never underestimate the power of your actions and beliefs. x to you all - Mick
Lois: Hand In hand Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 4:02am
I previously posted a message regarding being a vegetarian but wanted to add what I believe goes hand in hand with vegetarianism, and that is testing of cosmetics, etc. on animals.  I just want to scream every time I see these ads on TV for cosmetics, perfumes, hair shampoos, deodorants, etc. sprooked by the models and movie stars when I know they have been tested on animals.  It makes me wonder why these people advertise the products, no doubt it is for the money and well as putting their faces out there, but do they not care that the majority of the brands are tested on animals or are they just plain ignorant.  Something you may not know about the Body Shop  which does not test their products on animals, is that the founder of the Body Shop sold out a few years back to L'Oreal of Paris, one company which does test on animals, so if you buy at the Body Shop you are lining the pockets of a company which does test.

The following is a link to Choose Cruelty Free which lists cruelty free companies, also there are many interesting and sometimes distressing articles about the procedures used in the testing

Visiting the website might just change your mind about the products you may currently be using.  I always carry with me my little CCF book to make sure that any product I buy is free from animal testing, and if I am in doubt I will not buy it.
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Mridula Chopra: All Animals Deserve Our Love And Respect. Friday, 12 October 2012 at 8:46pm
Animals are not for human consumption. Our beautiful animals deserve our love, protection, care and respect...and to be able to live out the natural term of their lives in safety and without fear or harm.
Being vegetarian and vegan are the only ethical ways to live one's life. I sincerely wish the entire world had the moral conscience to follow in the footsteps of those who have such wonderful moral principles.
Thanks so much Animals Australia for the truly amazing, highly admirable and humane work that you do.
Annalise Elizabeth: Try it Monday, 3 October 2011 at 4:56am
I have been a vegetarian for nearly a year now and it has been one of the best decisions i have ever made , this  challenge will give people a taste of what life as a vegetarian is like.
Renee Currie: Vege Journey Friday, 30 September 2011 at 3:57am
I have been vegetarian for 6 months. Its the best decision I have ever made. After years of wanting to do it, buying 'free range' and organic meat I decided to make the change for good. The main reason I didn't was the fear of being different and not wanting to inconvinence others!! Mostly my husband, as we had always been into cooking and dining out, tasting all sort of culinary delights.  I am glad to say that he is following me and has taken to pledge to eat meat free for a week. FInally I woke up after seeing some slaughter footage. I then looked into factory farming and all other animal rights issues. I had about 4 months of this...'awakening' and I really believe I am my true self now. That this journey  I am taking into a more compassionate life is who I  really am, I feel a lot more at peace. I had a baby girl a year ago and I am bring her up vegetarian, but to me its much more than that, I'm bringing her up to have compassion, for life and for all other creatures. Its the greatest lesson as a mother I believe I can give her. I am an aspiring vegan, its where I am heading for sure. Thank you to all of you compassionate people taking this challenge. Thank you Animals Australia :)
Greg: Protein myths Wednesday, 28 September 2011 at 9:24pm
The fear of not getting enough protein has been a major stumbling block for those considering vegetarianism, and this has not been helped by misinformation regarding how much we need. Even many dieticians have been guilty of this.

For the record, protein is made up of amino acids, and we need nine of these to meet our protein needs (phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine, lysine, and histidine).

It has been very trendy in recent decades to speak in terms of "complete protein" (for meat and other animal products), and "incomplete protein" (for vegan food sources). I spent many years as a vegetarian worrying about this.

A quick look at the facts disspells this. If you look up the amino acid content of any food, for example by visiting the USDA Nutrient Database at , and enquire on a given food (eg chickpeas), you will find that ALL the essential animo acids are present.

Ideally, you need these amino acids in a certain ratio, but this applies to your amino acid intake OVER THE COURSE OF A DAY, not for a particular food.

I have been a vegetarian (near-vegan) for two decades, I lift heavy weights at the gym, have run half marathons and hardly ever get sick.

Most people in the West have too much protein. You won't get enough protein living on pasta and tomato sauce, but a cup of lentils or beans over the course of a day will put you well on the way to getting your required intake. Pulses will also address iron, folate, fibre and other requirements.
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Penny Russell: Vegetarian Saturday, 2 October 2010 at 10:19am
Hi.  I am now 51 years of age.  I have been an animal lover and vegetarian for many years and don't regret anything.  I felt morally at ease and better in health from the moment I decided.

What really upsets me now is when others  ignorantly eat animal product in front of me.  I find that really hard to handle.  I have got that way now that I wish I could somehow stop everyone from eating meat and put every slaughterhouse out of business.  Also, I am trying hard to convince those close to me to give up eating meat and become veg.(Slow process).

And, yes, I also cop a bit of crap but rest assured, I couldn't care less.  I am a vegtarian and am very set in my ways -vegan is my next stop.

Penny Russell
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Maxine: One Year on Thursday, 26 September 2013 at 4:20am
I took the pledge to go Veg for a week this time last year and never went back to eating meat, I had always hated the fact that I was eating animals but didn't think I could go vegetarian but it has opened a whole new world of tastes and textures.  Yes I have to be more organised so that I have balanced meals but it is well worth the effort.
L.: Vegan in the land of meat also Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 5:38pm
I have been a vegetarian for 8 years and vegan for a year.   I don't miss it.  

I am healthier than I was when I ate meat.  Only one cold in 8 years, and sinus infections that I used to have are gone!

It also breaks my heart to see the cattle trucks and the turkey trucks.
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elizabeth brien: happy heart !!!! Tuesday, 4 October 2011 at 12:39am
never have been happy about eating meat, in my heart I knew that a beautiful animal had sufferd to feed me!
Kim Baird: simple is best Monday, 3 October 2011 at 1:11am
I've been a vegetarian for 16 years, including a period of vegansim while I was pregant with my third child. Much of that time was spent in a small rural town, with not much access to some of the highly specialised, processed vego offerings. I have always managed to eat very well on simple foods of lentils, nuts, eggs and tofu etc. It's best to look at foods for their own value rather than through the narrow lens of 'meat substitute'. If you need quick options like tins of lentils that is good back up, but if you soak legumes during the day or overnight they cook in little time! Enjoy the week and hope you go on beyond it :)
Taran-paige Edwards: Every living species deserves respect! Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at 8:22pm
To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. %u2026 I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

–Mahatma Gandhi
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April: Long Term Vegetarian, new Vegan Saturday, 24 September 2011 at 7:25pm
Been Vegetarian for 28 years, run three times a week, all blood tests come back with great levels in all areas and I am very rarely sick! Going Vegetarian is the best thing I have ever done, and now adding no dairy in, I am feeling even better! My constant blowing of my nose has disappeared and I am discovering great new recipes and food. At first things are a little challenging to change, but the change is well worth it, especially knowing you are helping not only animals, but the planet too!
Joanne Anand: Consider this..... Friday, 8 October 2010 at 10:46pm
People out there, PLEASE..try a product I have found, you can buy it in Coles and's called 'Quorn' and you can get everything that mimics meat....mince to make spag bol, stir fry strips, 'chicken' nuggets, shnitzels, everything! and...I am not kidding, they are spot on to the real thing. My husbands fave dish is spag bol, I watched him polish it off, complimenting me all the way, with absolutely no idea he wasn't eating meat. It's the best product I have seen that is smack bang on the's amazing. With stuff like that and everything else, there is absolutely NO NEED for animals to be going through the horror they go through on a daily basis.....I am a realist and I know people are going to continue to eat meat, but we need to change the slaughtering process somehow. No intelligent, sentient being deserves to go through the process of KNOWING it's going to die, hearing others being murdered, fighting to get out and not being able to...and then being killed in such a horrible way....factory farming practices need to be examined and changed for the better and we need to cut down our meat consumption!!!!! I have not  missed meat one bit and still get to eat all my favourite meat eating husband loves the alternatives I have found that he actually requests them now. Please let's step up the fight for the animals and please.....ignore these people from the meat industry who come on here.....when greedy people are scared of missing out on big bucks, they will do anything they can to bring everyone down. For the sake of the animals and for our health, cut down your meat consumption or consider becomng makes you feel so good...and you're saving the lives of many highly intelligent, gentle creatures who's very lives depend on us being compassionate.
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judith turner: GO VEGAN Saturday, 2 October 2010 at 10:54pm
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Vanessa: Animal lover Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 8:00am
I have been a vegetarian for around 6 years now and I am so damn proud to be! I only wished I'd become one sooner, but I too, was ignorant and uneducated. Not now though, and I will starve before I ever eat any living creature again! I absolutely love animals, always have. Would never and could never hurt them. My heart aches "every minute of every day" knowing what they suffer and endure "every minute of every day". It sickens me to even think about the reality of an animals life and what its' fate is or what may happen. And the ignorance, arrogance and unremorse of human kind...I'm ashamed to be one. I really hope that one day, all the suffering, cruelty, and deaths will stop for all animals. They are beautiful creatures and deserve to live without misery.
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Ella Moffatt: Big Problem Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 8:09am
Seeming I'm only 11 I have a lot of trouble speaking up 4 animals, people aren't going to listen 2 a kid. If anyone has any advice on how I might be able 2 easily speak up 4 animals it would be a great help. I have already made a T-shirt that says animals r my friends i don't eat my friends.

Also, my little brother doesn't care about the welfare of animals at all and claims animals have no feelings so it doesn't matter if u lock them away in little cages or beat them with sticks despite everything I've told him about how animals r treated, any help on that one?
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Ozzie: veganism Monday, 26 September 2011 at 8:39pm
I am a Vegan and an animal rights advocate, and have been for some time now.  Raising animals for food and other means for human use contributes to world pollution and world hunger.  It also is well known that the consumption of animal protein and dairy products contributes to many preventable diseases.  The marketing world and governments the world over have held sway over us for decades telling us to eat meat and drink milk to maintain our health.  We now know that this is exactly the opposite.  The oldest Vegan in the word lived to be in his nineties - and died naturally of old age, in his own home, and it was he who coined the word Vegan.  He and others like him are proof the being a Vegan is not harmful.   To all animal rights advocates you are my hero's.  To those that are about to join us, your lives will never be the same again, I saw my conversion as a Renaissance to an awakening, that all animals deserve the right to exist as fellow Earthlings.  

I recommend to anyone to watch the DVD 'Earthlings' as both a reminder of what we are fighting for, and an education tool for those who are new to animal rights.
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stacey: Healthier by the day ! Wednesday, 30 March 2011 at 12:11pm
I have been a vegetarian for about 6mths now & have never looked back once & regreted my choice to give up meat, i feel so much better for it, physically & consciously. I have just given up all dairy to become totally vegan, it has only been a week & already  i feel the difference in my body. Eating a diet of mainly *living foods* gives me so much energy, my skin glows & i feel alive.
Not only do i lower my carbon footprint by being vegan, i use earth friendly products, on myself / family & all household products.
My partner is American, bought up in beef country , he is now also vegetarian, and still cannot believe how great he feels after giving up meat.!
Hayley :): Try Quorn!!! Monday, 7 March 2011 at 2:21am
Seriously everyone should try's a brand of vegetarian chicken imitation products that make it  so easy to be vego!!! They can easily replace all normally meat portions of your dishes....spag bol, stirfies, lasagne, sausage rolls, nuggets, schnitzels and more can all be made with Quorn products. and don't worry...they aren't soy!!! They taste and feel just like Chicken too!!!

Quorn made it so much easier for my family to asking me going vegetarian
(I am a 15 year old, non red meat eater for 1.5 years, and a complete vego for nearly 2 months)

You can do it!!!!
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Paula Albertini.: Ms Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 4:33am
I have been a veg for 5 days i love it ill never eat meat again,what im finding hard is dairy as i would like to be a vegan,bought rice milk and soy milk does taste different though,sorbe icecreams are great..ill just see how i go wth becoming a vegan but i do knw ill never eat meat again..
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Andrea Hudson: for all your suffering, for this i am sorry Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 5:11pm
My pledge is made to you, to the animals, i will honour my pledge everyday and that's, forever. You cannot speak, only suffer in silence, when i look into your eyes, all i see is sadness and pain.
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jan Garen: Vegetarian Week Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 11:08am
Good luck with the challenge. My vegetarian week has lasted for over 40 years and I certainly do not miss eating meat.
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Carol of Bardon, QLD: I was a little nervous at first, but... Saturday, 25 September 2010 at 1:25am
Going veg was much easier than I had first imagined. My family and I enjoy knowing we are helping to save the planet at each meal.
Margaret: Long time vegitarium Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 5:01am
I'm 74, & in my very early teens, I could not understand why we would want to eat our fellow travelers on this earth, & of course i am a passionate animal lover. My mother did not agree & when I asked for alternatives, e.g. Eggs, cheese, she would say eat this or go without.  So it did, but my father was a great gardener, before chemicals came about,& I was allowed to run riot, through his veggie garden & eat what I like.  Hence when asked what was my favorite food, I would say vegetables then fruit.  People thought I was odd, & told me so.  I guess I was a rarity in those days.  Their question would be, what do you eat? When told, they looked at me puzzled. I'm glad to say today, I'm not a rarity. We now know lots about nutrition & eating veg is healthy & delicious. So come join me!
Vegan V: Vegan week Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 12:32am
How about ditching Vegetarian for Vegan?  
In this day and age - and the produce and products and information around to go Vegan safely and healthfully there is no excuse.
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