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Messages from Supporters, February 2017

Read the praise from thousands of people worldwide who were inspired by Gary to convert to an ethical vegan lifestyle

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Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:50 AM

I decided to become Vegan after watching your video "The Best Speech Ever" on YouTube. It’s been almost 3 months now. Thanks for opening my eyes.

Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:36 AM

Thank you for helping me. I've learned so much from you, and still do. I am 28 and used to only eat meat and dairy and loved it. I didn't like vegetables and grains. Six months ago I watched some of your speeches, and have been vegan ever since. Now I only eat vegetables and grains and fruits. Me and family are gonna be vegan for the rest of our lives.

Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:44 AM

Thank you for changing my life and helping open my eyes to such injustice. Greetings from Chile.

Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 8:26 PM

Your lecture changed my life. I want to thank you.

Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 6:18 PM

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. I watched your videos and started to learn. I still have the lump, but the quality of my life is so much better since I became vegan. Thank you so much for changing my life and the life of so many other people. I hope I live long enough to see the whole world vegan. I also want to thank the inventors of The Internet. Without them, I would not know about you or veganism. Maybe I would be dead from the cancer.

Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 5:43 PM

What an honor it is to even get the chance to send you an email. I have known of you for the last nine months now and find your interviews fascinating. I'm 16 years old living in Dublin, Ireland. I've been on a completely plant based diet for the last nine months and never plan on turning back. You and your speeches pushed me towards being a vegan.

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 2:02 PM

I am from Sweden and have seen your videos. I think you are awesome! I turned vegan because of you.

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 1:14 AM

My wife and I have been vegan for over 5 years now. You have definitely been a big inspiration and a wealth of knowledge to both of us through this journey.

Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:10 PM

I rejected meat, dairy, eggs and honey after I watched a few of your speeches, so I'm thankful to you because you've opened my eyes about animal slavery and things that happen in slaughterhouses.

Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:25 PM

This is my thank you message to you on behalf of most, if not all the vegan activists in India, for being who you are and doing what you do. We are literally using your speech as a blueprint to reach out to the Indian community and spread the vegan message through our outreach programmes, lectures and so forth. If it were not for you, I would have never met an awesome guy whom I am in a relationship with now. It's been a few months since he quit his job to become a full time activist. He is currently travelling around the country giving talks in schools and colleges, while inspiring other vegans to get actively involved in spreading the message. Many call him 'the Gary of India' as his approach is similar to yours in many ways. He always makes it a point to give you your due for taking off his blinders, and inspiring him to actively contribute to the movement.

Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 6:34 AM

You helped me and my family become vegan.

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 8:46 PM

Not only did you convert me from vegetarian to vegan, but you also taught me to tell it like it is and call out psychotic non vegans. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 12:55 PM

I am on my 5th year on veganism. Your famous lecture was the spark of compassion that led me to go vegan.

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 5:33 AM

I go to a high school in Kansas, and am currently working on a new project which involves choosing an unsung hero who is inspirational and makes a change in the world. I would like to center my project around you and veganism. In this project, an unsung hero is an individual who has yet to be recognized for taking extraordinary actions that improved the lives of others and created a change in the world over time, and I immediately thought of you. I feel like this project would be an amazing way to spread the vegan message and to recognize all of the things you have accomplished.

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 12:11 AM

Because of your videos, I recently went vegan and I will never eat animals again. Thank you for opening my eyes!

Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:09 AM

I wonder why I never thanked you because when I look back, it was in fact YOU that opened my eyes with your speech on YouTube. The most important decision of my life. I will be vegan for 3 years in October. Greetings from Germany.

Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:50 PM

It took me approximately the length of your lecture to make the decision to go vegan. I am so much happier and healthier for it, and am already doing my best to spread the message. You're an absolute legend.

Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:00 PM

I just wanted to take some time out of my day to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I was raised vegetarian by my parents who were loosely involved in the 7th Day Adventist church. At the age of 14 I had enough of the questions, the looks, the stares and the comments. So I began to eat meat. Not because I was hungry or malnourished or skinny and weak. It was because I was tired of being told I was odd or different. Looking back now I can't believe how mentally weak I was. I just wanted to be "normal". I guess as a kid that seems like a decent train of thought. As an adult I equate that to doing something idiotic like jumping off a fucking bridge just because society says it's normal. I'm 35 now and I just watched one of your lectures on YouTube. It's like I always knew what was right but was blind to the fact. I feel ashamed at the moment. Ashamed that I let the media and the food industry comfort me in eating that complete bullshit. For just over 2 decades now I have been directly involved in the massacre of many species on this planet all the while fueling my own body, my temple, with shit and lies. You see I'm not that weak minded teen anymore. I'm not concerned with comments or looks or stares anymore. As of this moment I'm done with meat and animal products.

Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:41 AM

I am from Korea. After watching a couple of your speeches, you helped me decide to pursue this lifestyle. Your words inspired me and I am sure it can inspire others here in Korea, as well.

Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:39 AM

I am from Russia. You are one of the best men on earth. Me and my girlfriend became vegan because of you.

Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:49 AM

I watched your video in December of 2015, and became vegan!

Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:46 AM

I live in the UK and listen to your lectures most days. I do street activism with Anonymous for the Voiceless in and around London and pretty much quote you verbatim. Words cannot express the work you do for the animals. Every day I think of a world where we all think and act like you; what paradise it would be.

Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:42 AM

I’ve been 3 weeks vegan since I saw one of you speeches.

Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 11:00 PM

I am from Alberta, Canada. You are an amazing voice for the animals! I love your no BS approach in your speeches. You made me vegan. Been vegan for 9 months now, and it is the best decision I have ever made.

Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:12 PM

I am from China. I heard about your speech on popular Chinese radio (APP). I am very impressed with you and have decided to become vegan. I hope to make more people understand the benefits of it.

Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 6:11 PM

I am from Italy. Thanks to your video I'm a better person. Been vegan for 6 months, and even turned my father and mother vegan! Your strength will not be forgotten.

Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:27 AM

I watched your speech on youtube. You literally changed my life.

Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:22 AM

I just want to thank you, not only for the incredibly powerful message that you spread, but also for the impact you have made on me. I am still extremely new to veganism, and a 19 year old freshman in college. I have been raised on a diet very heavy in animal products. I was able to reconnect with a good friend that I had not seen in a long time this past weekend who is now vegan. He introduced me to the whole idea and pointed me to various documentaries and other resources including your powerful speeches. You were the one who truly locked me into place in terms of becoming vegan. I hope more people will listen. I know that I am excited to do my part and spread the message to as many people as I can. I thank you, the animals thank you, this planet thanks you, and I'm sure God thanks you as well.

Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 3:20 PM

You changed my life with your outreach.

Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 7:24 AM

I've just woken up and am pretty disgusted and ashamed of myself. Thanks for being such an inspiration and waking me up. I'm a high school teacher, and think an activist club would be a thing to get going. You're a hero to humans and all our animal brethren, and I really think that one day animal slaughter will be viewed like all the past atrocities and mistakes humans had to wash themselves clean of. It will be so obviously wrong and vegans will be on the right side of history.

Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:10 AM

A Buddhist group I am part of in Ireland showed your lecture at a meeting a few months ago and a lot of carnivores in attendance became vegans after watching it. Thank you for all that you do for us and for the animals. You make the world better.

Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 2:46 AM

I became vegan because of you. That makes you my personal Jesus.

Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:16 PM

You've changed my life. One of my goals in life is to reach the US and meet you.

Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:59 AM

My wife and I were first introduced to veganism by two friends who showed me your "best speech ever" video. Since then, we made the commitment to do our part to end the atrocities that are happening, and to show compassion and love to all animals.

Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:25 AM

The day I heard your speech was the best day of my life. I'm 18 now, and been vegan for a year. I wish I could change the world and will try my best and never give up on helping animals. You are massive inspiration to me. I want to do things that you do and do as much as I can.

Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:16 AM

Your videos were one of the things that helped me come to my eventual decision to change my lifestyle for the better.

Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:51 AM

Vegan because of you. You're such an inspiration.

Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:47 AM

I found out about you through this vegan youtuber. When I started watching your speeches & interviews, I was seriously hooked. You've easily become my biggest influence. Freelee helped change my lifestyle but you've helped me put my frustrations into words. There's nothing anyone can say to me that I don't have an answer for that really shuts their whole logic down & I want to thank you so much for that.

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 2:09 PM

I became vegan 3 years ago after seeing a lecture you gave at GA Tech. Since then I've made a lot of vegan friends but also became hated by many non-vegans.

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 5:45 AM

Yesterday I saw a lot of your videos and your homepage. You opened my eyes! I will change.

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 5:34 AM

Thank you for helping me see the truth. I am a 44 year old father of 3. All family members have now become vegans because of your videos. It has totally changed our lives.

Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2017 7:14 AM

Your speech on YouTube really helped us to 'wake up' and make the transition from a family of long time vegetarians to vegans 2 years ago. We will never go back and only wish we'd done it sooner.

Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2017 6:39 AM

Your video changed my life forever. I struggled my whole life with eating habits. I also had a subconscious wall built to ignore the horrible crimes I supported by eating meat/animal products. I watched your GA Tech video in early May of last year and I will never be the same. In a little over an hour you convinced me to let go of my "favorite" foods and realize that there was a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lifestyle out there for me. Single-handedly, you did that for me. For that, I'm eternally grateful and you will always be my hero. I hope I can meet you someday. I think you would be proud of the things I've done in support of animal rights. Not quite up to releasing minks and getting arrested but I strive to be there one day.

Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2017 3:53 AM

You changed my life on June 1, 2015. That was the day that I went vegan because of your speech. You are a true hero and I hope I can be just like you one day.

Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:52 PM

I found you on YouTube tonight. After watching most of your speeches, I texted a buddy and told him to watch your Georgia Tech speech, telling him that it is the presentation I'd give if I had the balls to do it. I'm a 51 year-old high school English teacher and have recently embraced, after several attempts and failures, veganism as more than just a smart diet to stay healthy. Your balls-to-the-walls style and intelligent, logical arguments brought me back to the eight-year-old boy who sat in front of the TV and cried when I watched a PBS special on the particulars of veal "production." I remember going to my mother and weeping for these animals, crying for their innocence stolen and defiled just for a tender piece of meat. I felt as though I had been kicked in the stomach with a steel-toed boot. Thank you for what you've done and what you've sacrificed for this most worthy cause. You are a hero and role model. Your ideas inspired a thought in me this evening: Could it be that our inability to exercise wider compassion and kindness as individuals and as a society is deeply rooted in our subconscious guilt for how we are able to eat the flesh of tortured and heinously slaughtered fellow creatures? I mean, how can we truly be pure in our loving intentions while we live in a most debased denial of our cruelty?

Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:22 AM

If I didn't discover your speech, I would never be vegan. Some vegans don't like your 'militant' approach but it works for me.

Sent: Friday, February 10, 2017 5:36 PM

I have been vegan since I saw your Georgia Tech speech a month ago. With your information, I had the urge and confidence to go vegan without looking back. One week after my vegan switch, my partner caught food-poisoning from pig meat. He vowed to never eat meat again. Thank you so much for all you have done to help the animals. You have saved hundreds of animals from my plate and hopefully many thousands more through my actions.

Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 1:44 PM

In this life, we touch souls with our actions. I became vegan thanks to your famous speech. Wow! I was vegetarian for years and never questioned the dairy or egg industries. My eyes are now opened to a new life filled with compassion. Come to Costa Rica.

Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:29 AM

You helped educate me and opened my eyes. In turn, I helped my fiancé, mother, and best friends change. And they are working on changing the loved ones around them. I/We are standing behind you.

Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:17 PM

You are one of the greatest men I've known. Your videos on promoting compassion towards animals has inspired me a lot. Never will I participate in anything that causes animals to be harmed in any way whatsoever.

Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 5:32 PM

You helped me and my girlfriend go vegan.

Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:37 AM

Your speech is seriously the best. I couldn't sleep after watching it as I was in awe. I already shared it and am going to show this to as many people as possible around me. You already turned two people I love vegan.

Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:24 AM

I have learned how much damage we can do if we are not vegan. You have changed me and my style of life. Greetings from Spain.

Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 2:45 AM

Veganism is the future! You made me go vegan 1 year and 4 months ago and I will never go back! We are fighting the good fight and I will never forget my path. When I first went vegan, I would cry myself to sleep knowing that I took part in the mass murder of innocent beings. Now I try my best to awaken other people.

Sent: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:07 PM

You changed my life! I was diagnosed with severe type 2 diabetes and it kept getting worse. Blood sugar was around 300-400. My last blood test was 110! I am so happy and losing tons of weight. I am in my late 40s and men in their late 20s are asking me out. I look better than ever. Ladies, this vegan diet will change your life. You will look younger and be healthier.

Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 11:13 PM

You are one of the reasons I went vegan in September of 2016. Like everyone else I said I would never ever give up cheese. What a joke that is to me now. I watched your famous speech on YouTube and it’s so inspiring. I recently got my mom to go vegan, too!

Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:11 PM

I cooked chicken yesterday and couldn't eat it. Not trying to be sarcastic or mean, but only Emily Barwick, you and my son could have change my mind. I thought you would be happy to know that there is one less meat eater in the world, and maybe more because one of my kids wants to become vegan, too.

Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 4:02 PM

I am beyond inspired by your passion, candor and kindness. Thank you for being such a good person, and for opening my eyes.

Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:10 PM

I'm 19 years old from the Netherlands. You made me feel again. I will be vegan for my entire life. I think you will change the world and people will become more aware. It's bad that we are taught it is okay to hurt, rape and kill innocents. You made one extra vegan.

Sent: Monday, February 6, 2017 11:28 AM

I'm 16 from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. This year I'm going to do activism just like you by going to schools and speaking about veganism. Tomorrow is my first presentation. All of my words will be ones you've spoken.

Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 4:56 PM

As I approach my 2 year anniversary of being vegan, I wanted to not only thank you for inspiring me to begin this journey, but for inspiring me to adopt this lifestyle for good. Your speech at Georgia Tech was so powerful!

Sent: Saturday, February 4, 2017 4:20 PM

There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t mention your name and your life-changing speech in my vegan restaurant or out in the world. You have changed my life and my family of four, including my originally reluctant husband. All are vegan. My kids and I have been for 3.5 years and my husband for 1.5 years.

Sent: Friday, February 3, 2017 1:38 AM

Your efforts and resolve bring me to tears. I have been vegan for 2 years, and it was seeing your videos that spurred my change.

Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 4:32 PM

You're amazing and so inspiring! I've finally committed to veganism because of your speeches.

Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 2:50 AM

I held my first successful lecture last night in front of an audience of around 50 people, who were all older than 65 years of age. The response has been amazingly positive. You are an amazing man who has had more positive effect than anyone else has in my 40 years on this earth.

Sent: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 1:27 PM

I watched your speech on YouTube and was blown away. Hearing what you had to say has made me more determined than ever to spread the word of veganism. I have become truly disgusted with the way I was brought up to believe that it is acceptable to do what we do to animals, to be told we NEED to eat them, to frown upon those who don't. I was a leather-wearing, meat-eating, dairy-consuming part of society for 25 years, and I'm disgusted that it took me so long to see what is happening, that we have to convince people to not commit animal cruelty, that we have to convince people to not hurt animals. I watched your speech with my boyfriend who has some vegan tendencies. He said he wants to become vegan now. I honestly cannot believe people have labelled you a terrorist! If anything, watching your speech made me think, “Damn, one day, I want to be that person. I want to be known for doing everything in my power to liberate animals.” When I'm old and decrepit, you will be the kind of person I will be teaching my grandchildren about, teaching them to be part of what I hope will be a revolution that will change the world.

Sent: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 3:03 PM

I am a 57 year old male from the UK who has consumed animal products all of my life. I believed animals were meant to be eaten by us, which was why they were on this planet. About 2 months ago on a Friday evening driving back from work I was looking forward to drinking a bottle of wine and forgetting about the shit week I had at work. Unbeknown to me, one of my daughters sent my wife a link to one of your talks. When I got home my wife said she hid my wine and would only tell me where it was after I watched your talk. I would have done anything to get that wine. Thinking it would take 15–20 minutes at the most, I agreed. A bloody 90 minutes later I got my wine. The images of animals being slaughtered affected me though it was the rationality of the reasons you discussed that got me thinking. I told some of my colleagues and sent her a link to your lecture that made me become vegan. She told me she is going to make changes. My wife and I feel emotionally and mentally better than we have in a long time. We can look at ourselves in the mirror and genuinely say that we are not now part of the slaughter of other species. Thanks for helping me and my wife become vegans.

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