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Reasons why I prefer to eat vegetarian or vegan:

I don't eat meat because I think its wrong to take a life for food if you don't have to. I'd like to be full vegan someday, but I have trouble maintaining weight, so I'm a bit wary of taking the plunge! My two kids will be veggie, for as long as I feed them. I will teach them why, and hope they feel the same.

I joined HappyCow Members Community because:

I used to know lots of veggies when I was at uni, and afterwards, but now I live in a hick town, where they look at you funny if you pronounce jalapeno correctly. I miss talking to people who are open to alternative lifestyles, who think for themselves.

Here are some places I've been that I liked... and places that I would like to visit one day:

The Loire Valley was fantastic, I love Dorset, particularly around Weymouth. I also have a soft spot for Warwick and Stratford. My local nature reserve i lovely, lots of lakes and birds. Theyare expanding it over the next five years, so I'm looking forward to seeing it grow. I'd love to go to Canada, maybe to live. But for the most part, I'm happy to explore the UK, I don't approve of flying unnecessarily. If I'm going to pollute, I'd rather have a car all year, than a yearly two week holiday!

Some of my favorite veg*n foods include:

Chunky chips, free range eggs from my sisters hens, yorkshire pud, and my ultimate fave meal - cooked but cold curly kale, dressed in chilled garlic tomato sauce, served with a hot jacket spud and a corn on the cob - YUM!

Here are some books, movies, magazines, and my favorites that I would recommend to other HappyCow members:

Shardik, by Richard Adams Dombey and Son, Dickens The Day of the Locust (book and film)Nathanael West


That was a true story - apart from the bit where he got out. I didn't know it he'd find the gap in the fence I made or not.
He didn't. I saw him often, in the husky's garden, nibbling away quite happily.
Once, the husky was even in the garden with him. He was chained up thankfully. And that cheeky rabbit was idly munching on dandilions not four feet from where the dog's chain could reach!
Sadly though, the last I saw him he had been recaptured, and was stuck back in his hutch.
I hope he escapes again.
Maybe someone will give him some assistance........


A rabbit named 'Snowie' in all probability, lived in a tiny hutch, in a garden. He never ate anything green and luscious. He never ran about, and he never saw another rabbit. His claws grew long through lack of use, and he regularly suffered traumatic and terrifying trips to the Vet to get them clipped.
Little girls came to feed him the dry crap he ate all day long. Sometimes they put him on their laps and stroked him. He didn't like it. He was scared, but too scared to resist, as he didn't know what they'd do to him if he objected to their petting.

Two years he spent like this. Over 700 dreary days.

Then one morning, after one of the little girls had left him his usual fare, he knocked his foot against the door, only to find it swung open a little.
Was this his chance? Could he maybe get to the rabbits he could smell in the meadow nearby? Could he maybe savour the delights of sow thistle, dandilion, chickweed, and groundsel - all so fragrant, torturing him for the last two years?

He jumped out.
Noone grabbed him and put him back in. He ran along the fence, slipped through a gap in it, and was in a neighbours overgrown garden.
This was amazing! So many things to eat! But he knew there was a dog residing here, and that dog would be let out soon for it's midday crap. He had to get out.
Unfrotunately, the entire garden was rabbit-tight - save for the gap going back to his own garden. He'd rather face the dog (a Husky) than risk being recaptured.

Just as he thought this, one of the dog walkers passed by the garden. A female, with young, and a small dog, who seemed well under voice control.
They stopped and looked at him for a moment. Then continued their walk.

Snowie breathed a sigh of relief, and continued chewing some delicious dandilion, while he considered his fate. There were a couple of hours spare, before the Husky was let out. He may as well relax and eat for while.

Several other dog walkers went passed. They didn't seem to notice him. But after an hour or so, the female dog walker, with the young, and the controlled dog came back. The oldest of her babies stood and looked at him, along with the dog. The female carried on walking. Snowie assumed for a moment that the dog and child would soon run and catch her up, and he would be left in the same predicament.
Why should they care anyway? How could they possible know how much he feared the Husky? Or how much more he feared going back into his prison? How could they know how the smell of the nearby rabbit warren filled his little nose, and made him yearn desperately for the company of his fellow creatures?

But the female did know. She walked on to the very corner of the garden, and he heard her wreck the fence. Nothing major - just enough for a rabbit to squeeze through.
The child and dog were called away, and he waited till they were out of sight before squeezing out, and taking his chances and his freedom in the big wide world.

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