I have been a vegetarian for 12 years and just now decided to go vegan. Just like all the other ignorant people, I never asked myself to what happens to the male chickens and calves and thought by buying only organic milk and free-range-eggs I'd do no harm. Then I started getting into that subject a few weeks ago and the more I read and saw the more shocked I was.
Last weekend I finally decided I was gonna go vegan. I still had some cheese in my fridge so I'm currently finishing it since I'd already bought it I didn't wanna throw it out and I thought it would make it easier, not going cold turkey all at once. But now I only have a couple of slices left and I feel horrible thinking that I'm never gonna have it again. I want to be vegan for ethical reasons and I know it is the right thing to do. Rationally thinking, I don't want to eat dairy products anymore and I couldn't eat them with a clear conscience anyway. But cheese has been such a huge part of my diet since I became a vegetarian, the thought of not having it again almost makes me burst out in tears. And then I want to scold myself because really, the pleasure of me enjoying a slice of cheese clearly does not redeem the suffering and death of any animals! So all my hope now lies in the vegan cheeses - I have not yet tried any and am sure they won't be as satisfying as the real thing but I hope I will get used to it. Hopefully it will be like it was with meat for me, that after a while you don't miss it anymore and after a while longer you can't imagine why you ever ate it in the first place.
Germany's first vegan grocery store just opened last weekend only 45 minutes from where I live so I think I'll go there next week and completely veganize my pantry and complete my transition...
That was actually a pretty lengthy introduction, sorry about that ;-).