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After 15 years of working as a butcher, Brian Kavanagh finally took the pledge and decided to go vegan. He watched the documentary Earthlings after his wife went vegan, and learned how people’s dietary choices led to the enslavement and slaughter of innocent animals.

At the age of 16, he was forced by his father into working as a butcher for a small family business.

“Before I just looked at it as a piece of meat going on a dinner plate but then you see it as an animal and not just a steak,” said Kavanagh.

Kavanagh told BBC that he initially kept his new lifestyle undisclosed as he was fearful of other people’s judgment but later decided to not be afraid anymore.

“I was a bit depressed, it just didn’t feel good, so I had to leave,” said Kavanagh.

Kavanagh along with the kids decided to go vegan after his wife. He was later hired by a vegan company called  Sgaia’s Vegan Meats which creates plant-based meats like steaks and bacon.

“I was worried my background and my story might put them off, and they wouldn’t want someone who was a meat butcher for 15 years,” he said.

“But they were really excited about it and wanted me just as much as I wanted to work there.”

Kavanagh is amazed by how significantly his life has improved since he went vegan and refers to himself as a “vegan butcher”.

“My skin was the first thing I noticed. I always had spots until I was 30, but my skin became a lot clearer. I feel clearer in the mind too.

“It’s that psychological thing – you eat something healthy, you feel good.”

Kavanagh is an addition to a small but growing list of butcher turned vegans.

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