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What Going Vegan Taught My Children

Today's post is by guest writer Samantha Rodman, Ph.D.

My family has been vegan since April 2018. I was interested in plant-based eating for a while, based on health reasons, but I shamefully had not thought much about the ethical impact of eating meat since I was a child.  Our family ate meat and/or dairy at every meal.  Then, one day on the car ride home from school, my middle child, who was 7 years old at that time, said to me, “We should be vegetarian.”


Following an Admired Example–and Working Toward Becoming One

In this season of giving thanks, I have been thinking about my sister, who, at the age of fourteen, decided she didn’t want to eat animals anymore. At the time her decision, executed on Christmas Day, struck me as a monumental sacrifice, for she forsook not only the holiday turkey, but also the stuffing and gravy. At eight, I couldn’t find it in myself to be so magnanimous. Fortunately, that was not the end of the story.


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Making a Career of Your Care for Animals

If you have decided to become vegan for ethical reasons—that is, because you believe in treating other-than-human animals with the same respect and compassion with which you would treat another human being—you might find that you want to put your beliefs into action in ways more public than the personal choices you make about what to eat, what to wear, the cleaning products you use, and how you spend your free time.


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Is Veganism a Mental Disorder?

**This blog is by contributor Shiri Raz, PhD candidate in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (Bar-Ilan University)

In 1909, the neuroscientist Charles Loomis Dana coined the term "zoophilpsychosis" to describe a unique mental illness, distinct psychosis, which is characterized by heightened concern for animals. The discourse about the new disease quickly broke the boundaries of the academy, and a few months later that year, the New York Times headlined: "Passion for animals - really a disease". The body of the article explained that people suffering from "zoophilpsychosis" are ill people and that their care for animals involves hardening their hearts to humans.