Posted as part of VeganMoFo (The Vegan Month of Food) 2014
When vegans are involved, things get a little tricky – for all of us. For non-vegans, that often looks like defensiveness or hostility due to the perception that vegans are telling them their food choices are unethical or wrong. For vegans, it often looks like self-righteousness and snobbery. So, I’m using the Vegan Month of Food – a month during which vegan blogs are celebrated and aggregated in one place – to teach non-vegans and vegans how to be nice to each other. If you can’t say anything vegan, don’t say anything at all.
“I Don’t Support Restaurants that Serve Animals.”
Vegans and vegetarians, please stop saying this.
This is, of course, just my opinion. I think it’s really effective to be vegan out in the world, where people can see you. We vegans should be eating at non-vegan restaurants, asking for more vegan options and interacting with non-vegan business owners. If we’re vegan but we hide out in our houses and vegan restaurants, the more “mainstream” restaurants will never change. They’ll continue offering lame-o obligatory veggie burgers and thinking that’s a great option for vegans. Even though those veggie burgers have egg in them. Get off your high horse (metaphorically, obviously) and go mingle with the commoners! You might be pleasantly surprised at the difference you make.
What are some alternatives?
- “I’d love to accompany you to dinner. We can go someplace you choose, and we can hit up Watercourse next time!”
- ” I prefer vegan restaurants because the options are so tasty and abundant.”
- Don’t say anything at all.