The Vegan Ferret

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Dilemmas

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My plan for this blog is to post my experiences at the end of each week, but I’ve recently faced some predicaments and I’d like to get your opinions.

Like I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, my reasoning for going vegan is all based on the well-being of animals.   My purpose is to live my life in a way that causes the least harm to living creatures, be it human beings, ferrets, puppies, cows, bees, or spiders.  By choosing to forego foods and goods that contain animal products, I believe I am taking a huge step in the right direction.  Here’s where my quandary comes into play: I’ve stopped buying these foods and goods, but what if I already have them?

I have a few purses made of leather that were given to me as presents.  Do I get rid of these?  The damage has been done.  By wearing them, I am not furthering the harm to that particular animal, but am I supporting the harm of other animals?  Does my choice to continue to use the products I already have, in a way support the exploitation of animals?

Similarly, I went to a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant this weekend for brunch.  Though I ordered my meal vegan, it came out with an egg on it.  I sent it back and then spent the rest of the day wondering if that really did any good.  That egg was just thrown out, so is it worse that the chicken was exploited just for the egg to go in the trash?

I guess what I’m wondering is if the representation is more important than the act.  Do I make more of an impact if I refuse all products regardless of the situation, or am I causing waste and demeaning the animals’ lives even more by destroying the products already made?  (By this, I don’t mean I’m going to go out and buy a leather purse just because it has been created already, but the product is already in my closet – it’s been purchased, the act has already been supported.)  I’d love to hear other vegans’/ vegetarians’/ meat eaters’ opinions on this.  Please comment with your thoughts!

5 thoughts on “Dilemmas

  1. Not being a vegan I am not much help. I would say that your heart is in the right place and going forward you should try your best to follow your beliefs. Striving for perfection is difficult. As long as you put all your efforts towards your goal , you will be a success.
    Your number one fan!!! Dad

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  2. Not a vegan either, but honestly i think veganism in itself is a symbolic gesture. You are not under the delusion that by becoming vegan, the world will change. You’re fully aware that there will always be coach purses and eggs on the store shelves, but they are not part of YOUR life. Like your dad said, perfection is unattainable, so I wouldn’t stress over the fate of the egg, but yes, i would probably lump already owned handbags into that category.

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  3. Give the homeless your food. At least it’s going to do some good. That may help some of your guilt. The leather purses? I would say the same, but you could put them in the dumpster and you’ll never be in that predicament again.
    Good luck!

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