Why Being an Ethical Vegan Can Be the Worst Kind of Vegan

Hello all! I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  I want to warn everyone that the following blog isn’t like the others that I have posted.  However, I had to get this one out of my mind…that’s what blogs are for after all, right?!  Anyway, I hope that I don’t offend anyone and that this just gives you a little insight into who I really am.  Thank you for reading.


There are many different types of vegans and many different reasons why people choose this lifestyle.  Some do it for the animals, while others do it for health benefits.  Some do it because of the impending climate change while others do it to lose weight.  For me it was never a choice: I am an ethical vegan who does it to end the suffering of animals.  Over the last few months, I have thought about it and have realized that being an ethical vegan may just be the worst kind of vegan.

By this I don’t mean that ethical vegans are any less of vegans or that they are worse because they have chosen to omit meat because of ethics.  What I mean is that I think being an ethical vegan is the most difficult in terms of what we are able to endure with our own sensitivities, morals or emotions.

Let me give you an example.  While eating a meal with carnivorous family and friends, I look around on the plates and I don’t see meat next to their salads.  What I see is a voiceless animal who had been slaughtered and had his or her most precious life taken away so that my family and friends can enjoy the taste for a few seconds.  When they drink a glass of milk, truly believing that it will “do their body good”, I see a cow whose been artificially inseminated, has given birth and has had her child ripped away from her.  I hear her cries and can only imagine the pain she has endured.

Being an ethical vegan means that I cry during every animal documentary, after every Facebook video depicting the meat industry, and when non-vegans make bacon jokes.  It means that I spend sleepless nights trying to figure out how to save every animal in this world and feeling hopeless when realizing that there may never be an end to this inhumane treatment.  It means not wanting to be around others who eat animal products because you can no longer bare it.

Although I truly think that being an ethical vegan is difficult, I know that those of us who go by this title, were put on this planet right now for a reason.  Maybe it takes those of us with giant, empathetic, animal-loving hearts to help make a difference and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  However, on a day to day basis it can be hard to stomach (literally). 🙂

What do you think?  Do I have any other ethical vegans out there who feel the same way?  I would love to hear from you……

23 thoughts on “Why Being an Ethical Vegan Can Be the Worst Kind of Vegan

  1. I relate to this so much. I went vegan mainly for enviromental causes but as the time went by, I’ve learnt a lot more – and also the reasons for being an ethical vegan grew stroger.

    It was like destroying those defensive mechanisms step by step. Now I feel the same way – actually, a few days ago I even cried so much as I haven’t cried in a long time because I’ve seen the film Okja and it all came back to me.

    Thank you for this post, it’s reminded me that I’m not alone in this. We need to help each other and believe that together, we will save those animals.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my post and for your comment. It made me feel so much better, knowing that I am not alone in this. I completely can relate since I basically cry during every documentary. Cowspiracy is the one that I watch the most. Not sure I can watch Okja. 😦

      We definitely have to stick together on this and continue to believe that we can change the world for these animals. Please stay in touch.


  2. Thank you for being brave and honest. We could all be vegan … So many just want to turn a blind eye to what the true story behind their meat and dairy really is. We’ve been conditioned to go numb and that it’s just food. The bitter truth can be too overbearing, but when you face it head on and realize you can MAKE A DIFFERENCE, any other choice seems cowardly and cruel.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and for your beautiful comment. I couldn’t agree more. I think we just look at this great packaged and marketed “piece of food” and don’t think anymore about it. When you realize the horror behind it, there is no turning back. I am so glad that the awareness is spreading!!! And man, I wish you lived closer :).


  3. I couldn’t agree more. And honestly, as time goes on, I find it more and more difficult. Recently a family member “jokingly” posted a video on MY facebook page that was essentially just image after image of meat dishes etc…you know the stuff people throw at us “annoying vegans”. It honestly made me so sad that I deleted it, messaged the person and then deleted them altogether. It’s been years that I’ve been vegan. I’ve been questioned, challenged and mocked and still people think it’s funny to do these things. I work with a rescue group and our typical pulls come from dairy farms and slaughter houses…and I cry with every single animal I pull from those pens. I applaud you and everyone like us! It’s not easy, but it’s the right way to live! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I am always so grateful when I come in contact with other people who feel the same way. It makes me feel less hopeless and less alone when it comes to this subject. It can be soooo hard but there must be a reason why we are here with huge animal hearts. They absolutely need us so we must continue to fight and to stick up for what’s right. I do agree with you about the people though….ugh! And good for you for working with the rescue group. I would love to hear more. Just love those animals as much as possible ❤

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  4. Yea, ethical veganism is hard. The one thing I found difficult was the immediate change in some of my friends at the time I went vegan. People I once respected as intelligent, well meaning and open minded people quickly became rude and judgemental. It wasn’t pleasant but people always malign those who want to do good when it’s socially accepted to do wrong. Perspective helps though, whatever social annoyances are suffered it’s little compared to the suffering we’re trying to end.

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  5. I’ve been vegan for over a year and I totally agree with this. After all the documentaries and YouTube videos I’ve watched, I could never go back to consuming animal products. I’m still hopeful that in the end, all the harassment we get from meat eaters will stop because they realise that it’s the best way to go to save animals, themselves and the environment.

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    1. Thank you SO much for your comment. It is so incredibly hard not to yell at everyone and to be teased about it from the carnivores. Just continue to inspire others and at some point they will get it. We will stick together on this 🙂


  6. It’s a little sad but also nice to know other people are up at nights crying for the love of animals. My personal definition of veganism is that it is an ethical paradigm, something that once you feel it you can never go back on. Sometimes it is so overwhelming I start thinking about animals, then human labor, and the normalized slavery and terror I watch my own family live with. I have had to learn to turn it off, limit myself to a few days each month when I can really think about it. Thank you for the expression of solidarity! Much love

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    1. Thank you so much for this comment. I couldn’t agree more, and it totally helps to know that we are not in this alone. And yes, it can be so overwhelming. I have started limiting myself to thinking about it too because I find that I just want to crawl into a hole. And that cannot be productive :). We have to stick together on this and fight as much as we can. Thank you again!


  7. i totally relate to this! especially seeing an animal on my friends and family’s plates. i live in oklahoma, so using animals for human gain is extremely prevalent…leather goods, bbq, animal farming, hunting…people talk about it everywhere it seems like, and it’s hard to just sit there and act like what they’re talking about (killing) is normal. its also the hardest kind of veganism to explain to people. i think with what the health and a lot of those documentaries, a lot of people went plant-based for health reasons and that’s totally accepted now, but when i tell people i’m vegan for the animals they get defensive. thanks for writing this!

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