This might be a slightly controversial post, but it’s something that I’ve got a little bit of an issue with. I’ve seen other vegans targeting non-vegans and fellow vegans quite maliciously online far too much recently. It doesn’t help when people think that all vegans have some sort of superiority complex, especially not when we’re feeding into it on a daily basis. After reading the Rude Health post, I was enraged it’s a shame they couldn’t ‘stay brilliant’ themselves. I’m not that vegan, and I don’t *personally* know one that is. I have seen that kind of behaviour online, but it is a minority. It’s something that really winds me up for a number of reasons, which naturally I felt I had to share with you all because… why not.
Educate don’t hate
How on earth do we (as vegans) expect to gain respect, and convert others from the wider community if we ruthlessly attack others for their beliefs or lack of knowledge on the topic. One of the biggest reasons most people go vegan is down to compassion. We feel sad for those beautiful wee coo’s (and all other animals) so why does this compassion not extend to humans? I believe in educating people rather than attacking people. There is no bigger turn off than someone coming at you telling you that you’re an awful person because you’re not a vegan. Why not be an adult about it and say something like: ‘Have you considered this cruelty free alternative such as…?’ rather than threatening someone with ‘I hope you choke on that lipstick’ (yes, I have actually read that comment on twitter). Look how raging us vegans are about Rude Health tearing into veganism… it works both ways. A lot of vegans, in fact most of us, are bloody lovely. Let’s show off how positive living that vegan life is.
Animals over humans
This leads me into the whole L’Oreal issue. Yes, I know they are the devil when it comes to testing on animals. (I do not/will not buy their products). We have to give credit where credit is due, and we kinda sucked when L’Oreal released new shades for their foundation line. For some reason, rather than celebrating the fact that a HUGE company had released new shades celebrating the diversity in our beautiful world, a hell of a lot of us decided that we would just counteract the positivity by pointing out that they test on animals. It made us look ridiculous… basically implying that we value animals over humans. Like I said before, we need to educate people… so if you need a bit of an education on the lack of diversity in effectively EVERYTHING… read this.
The bad vegan
Then there are the vegans that aren’t good enough vegans. Like me for example. I’ve been slated for buying from companies like Ben & Jerry’s (to name one) because they are owned by a crappy parent company. In my opinion, they didn’t have to invest in dairy free options and if we don’t buy them… they aren’t going to last on the market. Every little step towards veganism is a positive one. We should be supporting that and each other, not tearing each other down. Any small step towards a cruelty free lifestyle is a positive one, let’s celebrate it. Please? I LOVE pages on Facebook like this one because they celebrate every little vegan victory. That’s the kind of positivity we all need!
ANYWAY… onto brighter things. If you’ve got a burning desire to know more about vegan life or why I went vegan then have a wee read of this. Naturally I’d be more than happy to chat about making small changes to your lifestyle that can lead towards cruelty-free living if you want!
Drop me an email, or a comment and i’ll get back to you.
If you’ve encountered the vegan army, I apologise. Have a chat with me and you’ll see we’re not all that bad. I promise.