Daiana Lima is based in Brazil.
My name is Daiana Lima, I'm 28 years old, and I'm an administrator and public servant. My vegetarian journey started when I was 19 years old. All my life I never realized the relationship between the flesh on my plate and the death of an animal to make it possible. So in 2008 when I was in college, I met a group that worked with vegan food and were setting up a cooperative to provide food. As I was part of a student nucleus in the college that advised small businesses, we advised this cooperative in the process of structuring the business. It was at that moment that I began my first contact with vegan philosophy and where I began to perceive these questions. However, I was only going to become a vegetarian almost a year later, in 2009, when I was part of an extension activity at the university, where I worked with ecology and I started having contact with many animals in the field.
It was just at that moment that I realized that I could no longer allow those living, conscious beings to die to feed me. In this way, I became a vegetarian soon after and began to study more and more about this choice of life. After reading a lot of literature, and after many exchanges over the years, I decided to become a vegan in 2017 because I understood that dairy consumption is as cruel as slaughtering meat, as well as being very harmful to our health. For me, veganism was fundamental for me to gain a better quality of life.
After cutting out meat and dairy products from my diet, I feel like my body is much healthier and my mind is much lighter, especially because I know that my life does not depend on the death of anyone. I am heavily involved in social movements in Brazil and I believe that transformation and revolution must be systemic, integrating all the points that are necessary to guarantee a dignified, just, and full life for all beings. The struggle is to end any oppression, whether it is the result of racism, machismo, homophobia, discrimination of people with disabilities, speciesism, or any other form of social injustice. Eating is a political and revolutionary act and I am happy to be able to meet my black brothers and sisters who are also in this fight.