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.
VEGETARIANS AREN’T HELPING ANIMALS.
Vegans and non-vegans, please stop saying this.
Vegans should stop saying this because it isn’t true. A lot of vegans don’t do it overnight; they first become vegetarian for a while. Becoming vegetarian is a huge step toward veganism, so stop acting like it’s taking people in the wrong direction. Caring about animals is good. Reducing or eliminating meat consumption is good. Being vegetarian is good. We should be encouraging these steps, not treating those who take them like the enemy. Let’s start being nicer to vegetarians, and recognize who our real enemies are: raw vegans.
Non-vegetarians should also stop saying that vegetarians and vegans are not helping animals. We are. And you’re just jealous. We’re changing the world, and we’re taking you down with us.
What are some alternatives?
- “You’re a vegetarian? That’s awesome! I’m vegan! High five!”
- “I was a vegetarian for a few years before I went vegan. It’s a process for a lot of people, and I’m here to help if you want it!”
- Don’t say anything at all.