Many thanks to Rod for answering our questions. If you too want to participate and share your story, read our questions and email your answers to us at www.vegan.ie or vegansireland@gmail.com.

How and why did you go vegan?

A very good friend of mine told me that they wanted to go vegan, but she did not know anyone else who was vegan at the time. I told her that I had a vegan friend who I could introduce her to, and so we setup a meeting.

I was not vegan at the time, but after chatting to my vegan friend, I saw that everything I had thought about animals being our property was incorrect. I then watched the film ‘Earthlings’ and realised the amount of suffering & horror involved in producing my non-vegan food & products.

So I started eating a 100% plant based diet, and little by little I started to become an advocate for Animal Rights. I did this firstly by becoming a supporter of the AR group ‘Vegan Ireland’, and getting involved with their book-club, animal rights demonstrations & information table.
At first I was a little shy & unsure of how to answer people’s questions. But with time I became more confident, reminding myself that I was doing it for the animals, which helped me to become less self-conscious. I have met so many great people & vegan groups through the years, and now I no longer think of being vegan as different, but as a normal part of the world I live in today.