According to a VegNews magazine article, "Staying on the Veg Wagon," there are roughly three times as many former vegans as there are vegans. Some of the more frequent reasons cited for this turnabout were:
- Food choices were not grounded in ethical beliefs.
- Veganism was not tied to one's identity.
- A lack of social support.
To stay connected, we must communicate with others who share our thirst for knowledge, who understand our vegan experiences, and who can help us navigate the nonvegan world as it exists today. Like any pundit in their field, we must stay committed and informed so that we can instruct others so that they too can champion the rights of all animals and adopt a vegan way of life that benefits everyone.
Responsible Policies for Animals, said "Reading, writing, and conversation - not dependent on advertising and popularity but on individuals' pursuing knowledge for the common good - are crucial for promoting human values over corporate values. Humane treatment of animals and animal rights are human values. That's why animal-rights education must rely on books, not on ad-based media. . . . serious intellectual effort is the key to success for those who intend to establish nonhuman animals' basic legal rights."
- Read, Read, Read! Read newspapers, books, and magazines that promote animal rights and veganism. Seek them out!
- Get active online and offline. Find vegan friends and groups on Facebook, Twitter and Meetup.
- Get involved with organizations and activities that appeal to you, e.g. letter writing campaigns, protests, lobbying events, etc.
- Dedicate and challenge yourself!
Vegan Starter Kit