The only reason I really appreciate Thanksgiving anymore is because it marks the day that I made a huge change in my life. This Thanksgiving will be my 11th year of not eating meat.The number #1 question I am asked is, how? How did I stop eating meat? Stop eating dairy? To me, the answer is simple. I stopped seeing those things as food and started seeing them for what they really are. #1 reason I hear why people are having trouble giving up these things, is because they will miss it too much. They love the taste. "But cheese...bacon." Bleh. It makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs, but I learned long ago, that doesnt do much good, so I started helping people instead. It's frustrating, because I can't relate. I dont miss those things, because I love animals. Like, really love them. I care about every animal, every being. Seeing them suffer, literally hurts my soul. Not just the ones I've met or saved, but the ones I will never have the chance to save. I love them and respect them because they are no different than the animals we have here. They are no different than your pets. They are no different than us. Sure, they may look different. They may act different. BUT: They love and nurture their babies, just as we do. They feel joy and they play. They have friends and families. They suffer, feel pain and grieve the same as we do. Is that not reason enough, to not want to harm them? How do you love animals but knowingly support and consume the very thing that rips apart their family, tortures them mentally and physically and brutally ends their life? You can't. The animals suffer silently because people continue to look the other way. People that choose to "love" animals but still support this industry, are not thinking about the animals. They would rather not. THIS is why we document our auction trips and our slaughterhouse saves. Because they deserve to be thought about. Their suffering needs to be seen. This is why I try my hardest to show you the different personalities of the animals here and how they are ALL individuals. Like you. Like me. So the question is, if you could live a long healthy life, without having to take another's....why wouldn't you?