For me, veganism is about compassion, Not only for the animals, but for the environment, the human population, my loved ones, and myself.
There are a multitude of benefits to a vegan lifestyle:
our health is improved
animals are saved
global warming is slowed
water quality is improved
world hunger is lessened
peace is promoted
rainforest destruction is slowed
wildlife is protected
compassion and love become the centre of your life
Unfortunately, much of the public view of veganism is focused on the negative sides of the movement. I don't engage in these actions, and would encourage you to stay away from them as well! Every movement has members who take it to an extreme and hurt the movement as a whole, but they are not representative of the other members or core message!
Veganism is NOT...
condemning those who are in a different stage of their journey (meat free mondays, vegetarians, etc.)
taking it personally when others eat or talk about animal products
trying to force others to go vegan rather than educating and helping them.'