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The butcher who went vegan in secret

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After about 15 years working in the meat industry, butcher Brian Kavanagh found he was concealing a secret. He first considered giving up animal products when his wife Rebecca became vegan, but it was the animal welfare documentary Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, that finally pushed him to make the change.
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Brian said."I didn't tell anyone because I was worried about them making jokes. Before I just looked at it as a piece of meat going on a dinner plate but then you see it as an animal and not just a steak. The award-winning film, directed by Shaun Monson, contains footage of the conditions inside factory farms. Now Brian, his wife and his two children, age nine and six, stick to a plant-based diet. Brian claimed his own lifestyle changes have brought him nothing but happiness.
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Does anyone have the same story as Brian?
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I haven't ate meat since I was five years old. That was forty one years ago. I don't eat dairy either. We do not need to eat meat. Brainwashing and tradition make people eat meat.
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Your “meat” had a face. Your “meat” had a heartbeat. Your “meat” had a family. Your “meat” wanted to live. Veganism is the kindest and the healthiest choice. Kudos to him and his family.
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hi,there are lots of demerits whether i or you don't know about eating schedule.just the hunger is not a real teeth to see this.some eye should be in it.
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Vegans: eating meat is bad. Also vegans: let’s make everything look and taste as much like meat as possible.
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I have a vegan store but i eat meat, where's my article?
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I went vegan after most of my childhood and adulthood spent eating meat, like most others do. What changed things for me was adopting pets and doing more research on how animals are treated and killed for our consumption. It’s horrific. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual to decide what they want to consume. I think the butcher made a good and compassionate decision.
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so he becomes a vegan, and immediately tells a newspaper about it, so everyone knows? talk about stereotype..
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I worked at McDonalds as a vegetarian. First day there, I spent my entire lunch break vomiting in the bathroom from the smell.
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Good for him. I admit I'm looking at meat exactly the same way.
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