I’ve recently been invited to a number of vegan debate groups on Facebook. Always one to enjoy a lively debate especially on my ultimate favourite topic I happily accepted and settled in to enjoy learning from other people’s experiences and tastes. Sadly this is not what I found.
Maybe this is old news to many of you but did you know there is an entire world on the World Wide Web dedicated solely to belittling other people’s food choices? I’ve seen veganism labelled an eating disorder and vegans berated and labelled as too emotional. I’ve seen meat eaters labelled as murderers and savages. Can’t we all just get along and try to display empathy and understanding.
If you want to learn more about veganism you should learn the definition of veganism first
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
The part that seems hardest for most is the practical side of things. Vegans understand that a life free of exploitation and cruelty to animals cannot be lived. Animal’s referred to as pests will be killed, insects will be destroyed and habitats disappear as a result of all food production. The aim of a vegan is to minimize this as much as humanly possible. Animal exploitation and emotions is only one of the driving forces behind veganism. Another is health. Vegans display and feel such great health benefits and reduced risk of a number of diseases. No, I am not low in B12 and I’m meeting my protein needs just fine. I thank you for your concern.
Yes, I realise that there are a certain group of vegans that do look down upon those who eat meat but we are not all like that. For vegans, it can be frustrating at times to feel so good with this simple diet and not be able to transfer those feeling of wellness on to others. It can be frustrating when people think that it must be difficult when it’s not. However, everyone has their own life’s to live however they want to live and to eat whatever the hell they want to eat (as long as it is legal) People do not, however, have the right to belittle the choices of others and this goes both ways. Just because I am vegan does not mean I think less of an omnivore. I am the only vegan in my family and I’m willing to accept that my way of eating is not the standard and can be difficult for some to accept.
If you want to ask questions, please ask and keep an open mind. Don’t assume just because it is unusual that it is wrong. Don’t attack me when I say something that doesn’t suit your lifestyle. I am not asking for you to switch to veganism and I won’t be switched back to an omnivore, all I am asking for people to accept veganism as a lifestyle choice that is not going anywhere.
So please can’t we all just get along?