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    Mark's Vegan Story

    Hello, everyone! I was referred to this wonderful site by fellow member walrusd1978.

    Back in October of '03 I was with my group of friends having dinner in our college cafeteria, and we got onto the topic of animal testing. I mentioned the Red Cross tested on animals. Someone else vehemently denied the possibility, further claiming the Red Cross was a bunch of saints. I went online and easily found the info backing up my claim. I decided to put my money where my mouth was and go vegetarian. I couldn't just talk about how I was against animal cruelty and then sit down and eat a bunch of dead animals at every meal. I stopped right then and there, no weaning.
    About a year and a half later, as my knowledge increased, I went vegan; I went vegetarian for moral purposes, and as I learned what milk/eggs/cheese meant for animals I was behooved to go vegan. The last thing to drop from my diet was cheese, and the last time I specifically remember having it was on my 21st birthday at a Mexican restaurant, May '05.

    I left college prematurely, after 3.5 years, and started attending culinary school in San Francisco just this August. Since I left college I've been propagandizing by sharing homemade vegan food items with people at work, new classes, etc, and everyone responds well. It's pretty fun to show people they can still eat well without contributing to unnecessary animal suffering.

    Thanks for having me!

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    tiny careful adventure fire bluedawg's Avatar
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    welcome to VRF, mbenedet!

    it's nice to have you here!

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    hello, my friend, hello. walrus's Avatar
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    Rwar mamaquilla's Avatar
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    Welcome !
    "Kindness is a language we all understand.
    Even the blind can see it and the deaf can hear it."
    -Mother Teresa

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    Plant-Based Person bluemango's Avatar
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    Oooo, a chef! It's my secret dream.... Anyway, I also made my transition to vegetarianism and then veganism in college as I realized I couldn't purport to love animals and be against their mistreatment, yet also eat and wear them. Welcome!

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    she melts! mishka's Avatar
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    Welcome to VRF!
    again! sig-free!

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    an open book Miso Vegan's Avatar
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    Funny story - just yesterday I told an acquaintance of mine, also named Mark, that he should join VRF. So I thought fer sher that you were he, and I even read this much

    Mark's Vegan Story
    Hello, everyone! I was referred to this wonderful site by fellow member .....

    thinking I'd see my name at the end but then saw....



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    Peaceful Warrior VegeTexan's Avatar
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    welcome to VRF, Mark.

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    Anti-anti-vacccine Dandelion's Avatar
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    Any friend of wally's is a friend of ours. It helps to be a vegan culinarist too.

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    Welcome! It's nice to hear about a vegan in the culinary world. Move over Rachel Ray....
    “Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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    half a block from Normal Emiloid's Avatar
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    Welcome! I just saw your story. That's what happens when your internet goes away. Anwyay, I hope you like VRF. It was nice to meet you a few weekends ago.
    wocka wocka wocka

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