I have always had a very strong emotional bond with animals big and small ever since I was a child. I would adore the birds and raccoons and other California wildlife that would pop up in our backyard. I loved my pet kittens and bunny and bird and fish. I loved everything about sweet, gentle animals. That love has never faded. I light up like a shooting star when I come across animals in my day to day life. Dogs on the beach walks, birds chirping in the trees, dolphins jumping out of the sparkling Pacific ocean as they glide across the water, cats in windows and on YouTube videos, cows grazing in a pasture, tiny ladybugs and butterflies in a garden. Animals speak to me on a level that humans never have. They have such pure and honest souls. They are on this Earth, placed in our care.
Humans have the power to fight for animals or take advantage of their innocence and vulnerability. They are like children in that way. Even the strongest lion in Africa or shark in the ocean could be easily destroyed by a human. It is not a fair fight. Animals do not have voices and they do not have the same level of highly evolved intelligence that we have. (Though they do have strengths in ways we can only dream of. Dolphins have sonar, cats can see in the dark and find their owners sometimes thousands of miles away, bears can hibernate, fish swim in majestic underwater worlds, cheetahs can run as fast as a speeding car, and birds can fly. Just to name a few.) But still, animals are subject to the force or love of humans. And so it is up to the animal lovers of this planet to fight for them and speak up for them when their is need.
Look closely and it is easy to see that animals are similar to us on so many levels. They can exhibit the same emotions we do, fear, love, sadness, joy. They take care of their babies, find mates, make friends, play, build homes, travel and explore and feed themselves. So the bottom line to the number one reason why I am vegan: I love animals and I do not have any desire to eat something with a life of its own to live. And with this answer, I feel justified. But yes there are more answers waiting in the wings..
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