A little while ago I wrote about how I was getting carried away with the blog Carrie on Vegan. I described my new-found love affair with the blogger’s app Vegan Delish and my appreciation of her blog posts because she seemed to have the same health perspective on the vegan lifestyle that I do. Carrie’s blog was one of the few that I followed through email because I loved getting the posts delivered right to my inbox so I could devour them while checking the rest of my emails.
When I read one of her latest posts, my whole world came crashing down. This may sound a little overdramatic, but for someone who really enjoyed her blog, you can imagine that when I found out that she’s no longer vegan, I was deeply hurt.
I read her post on being an ex-vegan several times, including one time out loud to my husband, because I was in disbelief. What did she mean that she was eating animals again? I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that someone who had been touting the cruelty-free message for so many years could just blurt out in a few paragraphs that she wasn’t choosing a compassionate lifestyle any longer.
I didn’t personally know Carrie, but I felt like I did through her intimate blog posts. Through her website, she introduced me to an entire health-conscious vegan community and motivated me to try healthy vegan recipes on my own. I felt a jab in the side when she denounced veganism, partly because I felt betrayed, but mostly for the animals and their suffering.
What I’ve noticed when someone this popular in the blogging community comes forth on not being vegan anymore is that it severely hurts the animals. What usually happens is the blogger’s non-vegan followers will accept the myth that everyone can’t be vegan and congratulate this person like they’re some sort of hero. I saw this happen on Carrie’s blog with her announcement, and it truly breaks my heart to know how much this will negatively impact the animals.
The animals are the number one reason why I’ve remained vegan, which is why I felt so upset when I found out this awful news. I felt the need to write this post because of how much I glorified and promoted Carrie’s blog and app in past posts, and I wanted to state on my blog that I no longer agree with the viewpoints of Carrie on Vegan.
Despite all of this, I do need to remember that there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of other vegan bloggers and websites out there that are supporting a compassionate message while providing great resources for vegans and non-vegans alike. One of my absolute favorite websites, which should be of no surprise to my readers, is Our Hen House. If you have any questions about veganism or just need some moral support, visit their website and listen to their podcast (or watch their new TV show!). They have helped me so much through this journey, and I’m incredibly thankful for the positive influence they have had on my life. There is no doubt that Our Hen House lifts my spirits when I get down. They are truly changing the world for animals, and for that, I am grateful.