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Hi there,
I didn't realize this was a dating site lol; that's not really what I'm looking for. I'm 43, and was raised from birth as a vegetarian--my parents converted when they got married. Growing up, my parents didn't force me into any religion, but my father was a practicing Buddhist, so although I am certainly not an expert in the religion, a lot of tenets of Buddhism are important to me. It was a little odd growing up as a little girl in the 70s in the West--I was definitely considered an oddity when I'd go to birthday parties where all that was served were hot dogs, hamburgers, and pepperoni pizza. I grew up with parents who were health-food freaks, and everything was home-made; my grandparents owned a health food store. As I got older, my desire to help animals grew and grew, and about a year ago, I tried to become vegan, after learning more about the Dairy Industry. I asked my vegetarian family members to try it with me, but they all declined. I managed to do it for one month, but then lapsed. I have some health issues, and have been on LTD for a few years now, so I have little to do during the day. I am lucky enough to have a horse, but find myself surrounded at the stables by people with little education, whose husbands bring their rifles out to walk our fields during hunting season, and where vegetarianism is a very odd thing. My barn manager recently adopted a pot-bellied pig, who is loved by all, yet there are lots of bacon jokes, and though many people there love her and she is well-treated, I don't think it's crossed ANYONE's mind to stop eating pork or bacon. I simply do not fit in. And it's getting harder and harder to be surrounded by people with whom I cannot identify, who resent me for judging them (which I will admit I do). I am opinionated and outspoken about my beliefs--my beliefs about saving animals are the closest thing I have to a religion. So someone suggested I join a community of people who shared the same values as I do, where I can vent and share my feelings.
Favorite Quotations
“Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
― Leo Tolstoy

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”
― Alice Walker

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At 10:25am on April 25, 2016, MorningGlory said…

I haven't included a current picture of myself because I've gained a lot of weight--even though I'm vegetarian, I binge-eat when I feel depressed and/or anxious.  And even though I would tell any friend or family member not to feel ashamed of their appearance, I'm a hypocrite when it comes to myself:(

At 3:52pm on April 25, 2016, Yana said…

I do understand you... it's so hard to stop eating when you feel bad. I have the same problem. And my weight disturbs me too. You're not alone.

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