Having trouble giving up cheese?

Someone on my page LiveVegan on Facebook tonight commented that she was vegetarian and she wanted to be vegan. She said she wishes to give up cheese, but she was having trouble giving it up and  asked could someone recommend a good vegan cheese?

This was my edited reply:

Prior to becoming vegan, I used to enjoy cheese. I became vegan after I viewed some material about the dairy industry. For example the dairy industry removes millions of male calves from their grieving distressed mothers. Male calves are no use to the dairy industry. After they are stolen from their mothers, they are murdered. Some are only a day old. Some calves are born on the slaughterhouse floor prior to their mother being murdered. Some calves are cut out of their mother’s belly on the slaughterhouse floor. The veal industry is a by-product of the dairy industry.

That’s just a little glimpse into the horror that is the dairy industry.

Remember that whether a cow and her calf are from an “organic” farm or a large industrialised farm, they end up at the same slaughterhouse.

After viewing that information about the dairy industry, any time I saw a piece of cheese or a tub of yoghurt, or any dairy product, I would see a grieving, distressed mother calling out for days. I would see a vulnerable young calf — barely able to walk — on a truck without his mother, travelling for hours– sometimes more than 24 hours without his mother’s milk– on the way to the slaughterhouse. I would see a calf, barely able to walk, being prodded or dragged across the killing floor, terrified and crying out for his mother. Then I would see someone put a bolt gun to his head, hang him upside down in shackles and cut his throat.

That’s what I see when I see a piece of cheese or any dairy product.

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It took me a short amount of time to get over the idea that cheese tastes nice. When I see it — as well as the violence it represents — I also see a whole lot of fat. The thought of consuming it makes my stomach turn a little.

I must be honest and say I have little interest in eating substitutes for cheese so I don’t know much about what vegan cheeses tastes nice. However, from what I hear, “Daiya” is supposed to be a good cheese substitute. I would suggest searching online with these keywords “best vegan cheese” and see what comes up. Sometimes vegan forums will have threads with discussions about the best tasting vegan cheeses. Some forums can be helpful that way.

I would also suggest checking out these very good vegan resources

http://www.vegankit.com/ http://www.bostonvegan.org They are both helpful pages for information about diet and about veganism. Veganism is more than a diet, it’s an ethical position.

I’m sorry. I wish I could be more helpful about brands of vegan cheese, but I’m sure there will be some other members who may be able to make some more suggestions 🙂

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