Hello! Welcome to the blog and thanks for asking...
Ok so you love animals right? Me too. WHO DOESN'T?
I went vegan in 2021 after coming to the painful realisation that my entire life I had been proudly calling myself a ‘lover of animals’ whilst simultaneously funding their demise and eating them. Every day. Three times a day.
Not only that but I was willingly, and knowingly, paying for these sentient, living, breathing animals to be exploited, abused, and slaughtered in the process - all for just a 15-minute meal I would forget about immediately afterwards.
When I was young, I would often visit my uncle’s aviaries and help care for the birds there. I would talk to them, form bonds with them and I would yearn for a connection with them. I adored those birds.
Even today, I can often be found feeding the birds that visit, particularly the robins as they come to eat from my hand.
A few years ago, I discovered a passion for nature photography and I would take photos of animals, post interesting facts about them and explain how important they are. I'd watch nature documentaries, sign petitions to help save them, donate to animal charities – all whilst consuming them myself.
I'd get angry at people online and in the media for abusing and murdering innocent animals then I'd order a large KFC bucket full of them and think nothing of it.
SO WHAT CHANGED?
At the age of 38, (and with the help of wildlife conservationist and all-round hero, Chris Packham), I finally came to the conclusion that I was a hypocrite and that my actions were all completely unnecessary, not to mention unethical. I also found that there was no morally justifiable reason for killing an animal, particularly when I didn't need to and not when there were kinder, healthier and more sustainable alternatives available.
My actions (paying for animal cruelty) did not align with my morals (being an animal lover) and I knew it was time to change for the better.
I'm vegan for the animals.
WHAT HAVE YOU SPENT THE LAST 18 MONTHS DOING LEE?
I have spent the last 18 months diligently researching into just how badly animals are treated and exploited on this planet by humans, not only for our food but for our clothes, our cosmetics, our sports, our entertainment…
I also discovered the detrimental effects consuming animals and their secretions is having on our health, not to mention the devastation it is causing to our planet.
WHY ARE YOU BLOGGING THOUGH?
I’m creating this blog-type thing because I want to raise awareness and help stop this needless cruelty that these innocent animals are having to endure every second of every day.
I want to help create a vegan world where animals can live their lives freely, without pain or fear from human beings and instead are looked after and cared for by us, just like our pets are. After all, they’re all animals, they’re all sentient beings, they all want to live their lives and they’re all here with us, not for us.
Here's two questions for you:
1) "Do you think animal cruelty is wrong?"
2) "Do you think we need to kill animals to survive?"
Generally, if you were to ask someone if they are 'against cruelty to animals' they will, apart from a select few, unequivocally say YES.
If you ask them whether they think 'we need to kill animals to survive', they will quite rightly say NO.
If you then highlight that 'in doing so it is an act of cruelty because it’s unnecessary', they tend to see the contradiction. They realise that their actions and their habits are out of line with their morals and beliefs. That’s what happened to me.
But once that connection is made, when your morals and actions are aligned and you abolish all animal cruelty from your life, it's a very special feeling. I only wish someone would have helped me make the connection a lot sooner.
SO WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO THEN LEE?
Over the next few months I'm going to post some stuff here. Some of it may be difficult to read (the subject matter, not my writing!) but the majority of it will be factual, eye-opening, useful and even funny!
Some people are under the impression that going vegan is complicated, expensive and depressing and I want to show that it can be none of these things. It's easy, cheap, sustainable and empowering.
Each month I'll be sharing things that had an impact on me when switching to a vegan lifestyle and helped me change from eating animals to eating plants.
Whether it be videos and documentaries, books, animal sanctuaries, vegan influencers, celebrities,
plant-based food and vegan restaurants, etc. - all these things had an impact on me personally and helped me switch over easily and so I'll be sharing all that here.
WHO IS THIS BLOG FOR?
I hope my posts inspire you to go vegan, to be plant-based, to align your actions with your morals, to help defend the innocent, to fight for the vulnerable and to speak up for the voiceless.
They need us now more than ever.
The future is vegan and I'm here to prove it.
Hello! Lee Brace here! Award-winning actor, comedian, writer, photographer and vegan.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org