The Vegan Lifestyle

Saving animals, environment one girl at a time

               Envision going to a restaurant and not being able to order something. Imagine going shopping and not being able to buy certain clothing. According  is simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing vegan foods over meat, eggs, and dairy products. Being Vegan is a choice and for MacKenzie Barclay, a Junior at Hamilton Southeastern high school, it was an obvious choice.

       “I was aware of the abuse of animals in corporations, like in the food industry and in the cosmetics industry,” Barclay, 11, said.  

        Most people choose to forego the vegan lifestyle for health or environmental reason. According to Vegetarian Times, 3.2% of American are Vegans for health benefits.

       “I had a horrible diet. I was constantly eating processed food and putting things in my body that were toxic,” Barclay said

       Vegan is when a person who chooses not to eat, wear or use any products that come from an animal or are tested on animals. Vegans don’t eat meat, dairy, eggs, or honey and don’t wear any leather or animal fur.

      Barclay has been a vegan for the past two years. “I would recommend being vegan to anyone who is concerned about the environment,” Barclay said.

     Giving up all the processed foods, dairy, meat, and eats might sound outrageous for some people.


Enjoying the healthy environment outside Franklin Hall, Mackenzie Barclay, 11, happy about being vegan. “Seeing the environment in a healthy state makes me proud to be a Vegan,” said Barclay.

“The hardest part about being vegan is going out to eat with friends or going to camp. I am tempted to eat processed food but I always stop myself for the good of the cause,” Barclay, 11, said.