When a person becomes a vegan because of a philosophical standpoint that the use and exploitation of animals is unacceptable, they often experience an increasing amount of pain. This is because not only do they have become aware of our society’s specieisism and abuse of animals in the industrial process, but also have to deal with disbelief, indifference, apathy or criticism from others because of their changed lifestyle.
This is a common experience but can be navigated. Skills can be learnt to manage the pain with tools to communicate veganism more easily. This article in The Vegan Independent highlights the journey and options for vegans who are not alone in their experiences of mental distress.
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