Something that confuses me are the people who call themselves vegans, yet wear leather or fur. I suppose there are people who are strictly dietary vegans who differ from lifestyle vegans. A friend of a friend who calls himself a vegan insists that his leather shoes were bought from a used clothing store, so it's all good. This brings up some interesting points. Some feel that wearing leather advertises and indirectly supports the leather industry. Does faux leather and faux fur do the same? Some may not realize that leather is actually not always a by-product of the meat industry. Many animals are killed specifically for their hides. Other people feel that since the animal is already dead, it would be a waste to not wear the leather. I see both sides, but I tend to agree that wearing it sends a message of support, whether that message is intentional or not. I'm not sure if the same message is sent with faux products, but it's possible. It's also possible that the message sent with faux leather and fur is that anyone can look as good without using the real stuff.
As far as choosing a vegan diet for environmental reasons, I'm not convinced one way or another that a plant-based diet is better for this rock in space than one that includes some meat. All farming contributes to the greenhouse effect, period. One has to consider what kind of diet supports the most people too, because crop farming may use less land but there's no guarantee that plant-based diets will sustain people as well as diets that include a small amount of meat. In this area, I have to wonder if the same people who complain about others not respecting the environment because of dietary choices are the same ones who strap their bikes to the top of their big cars and drive 35 miles to cycle for an hour or drive 45 minutes every weekend to run a 5K race. Yeah, good job on not leaving a monster carbon footprint.
I understand there are many reasons to choose a vegan diet. The reasons include but are not limited to: health concerns, environmental impact, moral issues, animal rights and spiritual benefits. My conclusions are that every BODY is different with different nutritional requirements and different capabilities of getting those nutrients, and I might not be cut out to be a vegan at this point. I see that there are varying degrees of veganism. It's important to note that I recognize that my lifestyle harms other beings on the planet, and I'm not exactly happy about that. I also see that even people who claim to be all about a compassionate lifestyle are not always tolerant of others and are not always aware of their own impact on this planet. So, until something really pulls me in one direction or another, I'm going to continue to sit here on the fence and gather information. There is quite a lot to consider. I haven't completely given up the idea of trying a vegan diet for a spell, but my gut is telling me that I need to be careful with these kinds of choices.