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……

“Are You Afraid They’ll Hate You Because You’re Vegan?”

A few weeks ago I was getting ready for a social gathering and all of a sudden, I had this uncontrollable anxiety surrounding the event.  When talking to a friend about it, we pinned my anxiety down to the fear of meeting new people.  This was something that I had struggled with in the past but wasn’t sure why this event had me so worked up.  We went over the details one by one and couldn’t figure out where it was stemming from….until my friend had this one thought.  And here was where the question came in, the question that made me ponder the views of society surrounding my lifestyle.  “Are you afraid they’ll hate you because you’re vegan?” she asked.  And just like that, my whole world stood still in complete disbelief and confusion.

“Hate me because I am vegan?!”  I played this question in my head over and over again and asked myself why anyone would ever hate someone because they are vegan.  And then I saw it as my brain replayed the memes, the videos and the numerous, puzzled faces of people who questioned my lifestyle.

I thought about the vegans that I know and how they are some of the most inspirational, strong willed people that I know and this is why…….

Here are some of the reasons why I think it should be impossible to hate a vegan:

  1.  Vegans are some of the most compassionate people out there!  Every day vegans are making a choice: a choice to save an innocent animal and to give them a life they deserve.  They have enormous hearts and the thought of any animal being tortured will make them cringe. They are some of the ones out there marching, starting sanctuaries, donating and being a voice for the anonymous.
  2. Vegans persevere!!!  Unfortunately, we live in a society where your food choices are almost like your religious beliefs and not everyone feels the same way that we do.  We have to fight obstacles and defend our choices EVERY single day.  People look at you like you are crazy, you get numerous questions about where your protein comes from, and people simply do not understand.  An individual has to be strong willed and persistent to get through the daily grind of being vegan.
  3. Vegans care about YOUR future!  Studies have shown, and there is absolutely no denying, that we are causing immense harm to our planet.  Even if we stopped everything harmful right now, it would take over 100 years to reverse it.  Every choice we make affects our planet, our future and the future of our kids/grandkids.  With every bite that a vegan takes, he or she is cutting down on animal agriculture, saving water, decreasing climate change, and is creating a better future for YOU!

***I realize that these are all general statements, and just like with any group, I cannot account for every vegan.  I realize that we are all different, but these statements are true about the vegans that I know.

I know that there will still be haters out there, but I ask you to think about these points next time you start making fun of someone who is vegan.  There is so much more to us than quinoa and kale 🙂 .

And for those of you who are out there living this lifestyle, please be proud of who you are and be PROUD THAT WHO YOU ARE IS A VEGAN!