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Sharon W.


Cleveland, OH

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January 3, 2010

Please share with us what motivated you to transition to a healthier, plant-based diet and lifestyle .

I quit eating land animals in 2001 at the news of hoof & mouth disease in the UK and the millions of cattle/sheep slaughtered. Once I took a closer look at the factory farming industry I had to do what I could to make a difference. In November of 2013 I read Peter Singer's Animal Liberation and the following statement got me to quit eating sea animals as well: "Surely it is only because fish do not yelp or whimper in a way that we can hear that otherwise decent people can think it a pleasant way of spending an afternoon to sit by the water dangling a hook while previously caught fish die slowly beside them."

Do you have any favorite foods or dishes?

Artichokes! Though since buying a Super Peeler, I must say eggplant is coming up as a close second. Then of course there's soybeans with their endless possibilities . . .

Are you vegan? Vegetarian? Veg-curious?

I am a strongly vegan-leaning vegetarian. My family has a plethora of dietary limitations so I am interested in GF/YF foods too.

If you are not vegan just yet, how is your transition going and how can we help?

Keep up the good work in convincing local restaurants to serve special vegan dinners and/or add more options to their menus. Do this in a positive manner that does not send the message that we expect them to be 100% vegan. We are, after all, still a niche market. But my heart beats a little faster when I see even just one full meal vegan option on a menu!


Hoping to find some vegetarian potlucks, share ideas for successful vegan baking and participate in political activism in the Cleveland area with others who share a similar lifestyle, esp. as a result of their concern for animal welfare.

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