(Post updated: April 2017 to reflect new beliefs, improve grammar and clarity.)
From: The Vegan Activist, comes one of the most helpful videos so far. I have issues with being vegan, well not with the practice of being a committed vegan, it’s just(-ice) spend the-socially-interactive part of my life asking people to please not wear fragrance and sprays so I can access buildings like University, doctors, specialists and even friends and family; adding veganism into the mix just makes asking for special considerations weirder, scarier. I don’t want to offend friends and family because, as it is, being chemically sensitive to someone’s fragrance, believe it or not, can cause them to become offended. Relationships have disappeared like a puff of smoke, leaving behind caustic emotions that impede on confidence and just the idea of future friendships, interactions with family etc.
The right to wear fragrance in public/home/safe spaces: Human selfishness at it’s finest, almost… except for the mass animal holocaust that’s going on as your read this.
Breathing may be a major life activity that you take for granted; that is, until it’s impeded upon by chemical irritants or mould. Ergo, for when that person, who is always wearing their favourite fragrance, is asked to forgo their ‘personal choice’ of scent so you can breathe at Christmas lunch or other event, well, now, just imagine their reaction when telling them: “Please don’t wear any products containing fragrance” and telling them their will be “NO corpses eaten in or at our house”. Luckily, my caring vegan man is an angry vegan and adamant that animals and their by-products won’t be eaten in our future house. Lol, I have back up! We spent Xmas alone due to the fragrance issues… it’s just easier; and we had the loveliest time making a colourful festive vegan lunch.
(Update: Christmas 2016 was spent out on the balcony of our build, eating vegan Mexican food, with my lovely daughter who went fragrance-free to perfection. Image from my Instagram, below. xo)
Still, I have to deal with the needs of my medical condition and (Update: diagnosis of CIRS), classed as a disability in Australia, but not recognised as such by the general public (the Australian Government, yes, we are getting there.), and the only choice I have when it comes to supporting the mass slaughter and consumption of animals is to not be a part of it (Update: the movement of veganism and abolishing animal cruelty are calling my name for valid reasons: Point 1), if chemicals are tested on animals yet humans can be as chemically sensitive as myself and some of my readers, then that proves the whole point of the cause: animals suffer needlessly. Point 2), we are all in this world together and if we don’t do something, we’re just sitting back waiting to die along with it.) My diet is no longer a personal choice even though it’s what bought me here to this point. I must stand tall, stand up for what I believe is right; just like I have for all the chemical sensitivity related causes I have personally and actively supported and worked for while breaking down barriers for people like us. It’s this same personal value, the need for justice, that has bought me to publish at the blog, The Labyrinth ~ and finding our way out.
We all have slightly different reasons for choosing to avoid animal products, but the most universal one is because it’s the right thing to do. When talking to open minded people, don’t be afraid to give them the shocking facts. But with others, leading by example can be more effective, planting seeds along the way. Regardless of this, be confident and speak on behalf of the voiceless animals.
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