people apologize to me for eating animal products in front of me.
“Omg I’m so sorry that I’m eating this steak/chicken/cheese/eggs in front of you!!! :( :( :(“
DO NOT APOLOGIZE TO ME.
I am not the individual being harmed.
Go to those factory farms, go right up to those animals and say to their faces that you are sorry.
But I doubt you can, because you have so much guilt about it if you feel you have to apologize to me. You’ll just get all pissy and make up some bullshit excuse as to why you have to eat that “food”.
I usually follow their statement with “What difference would it make if you weren’t eating it in front of me, but still eating it?”
I previously did not give this idea credit, but it’s really true: people become conscious of their actions the moment they’re aware a vegan is with them. But we’ve got to get them past that - I want people to be aware of their actions when I’m not there to make them feel conscious.
It’s a weird experience though. Someone could ask you, “Are you vegan?” and you just say “Yes” and suddenly it’s like the air has changed.
They look down at their plate of chicken parmigiana and think, “Does this upset them?” or “Are they judging me because I’m eating this in front of them?”
Being vegan in the presence of other people then isn’t just enough. It’s not enough to make people aware that someone else might have a problem with animal exploitation, environmental decay, and various human rights violations involved in animal agriculture. The goal is to make people aware that this animal product might be a problem in and of itself.
When people apologize to you specifically, I feel like we’ve got to let them know it isn’t about you/me/us, it’s about the broader implications. Broad horizons make for well-rounded, ethical people =]
I shall take this as my new motto :D
Veganism is more than just the food you eat, or the clothes you wear. It’s a passion that fuels you to make a difference, it’s an anger that pushed you to make change, it’s compassion for all animals, whether you like them or not. It’s showing equality to all forms of life, it dives deeper than just non-human animals it’s respecting those that respect you. It’s not taking sides when it comes to human or non-human rights and lives.
It’s the way of the future, and we are the change this planet of ours is in desperate need of.
Can we just have one movie where vegans aren’t mocked?
I’m sick of us being the butt of the joke. It’s old and overused.
You have to have a sense of humor or you’ll just end up ridiculously angry all the time. Scott Pilgrim is pretty awesome lol
I’m not ridiculously angry. I don’t mind occasional teases, but when it’s a constant thing, our entire movement seems like a joke to everyone. People already don’t take us seriously.
This always comes in handy: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21361905
(If you can’t find the whole text, message me so I can send it to you, I’ve got the pdf).
Yeah, you don’t fucking get them. Animals don’t get a day a week away from being slaughtered, so you don’t get a day a week where you eat them because you really fucking miss burgers. It’s not a diet, it’s not something you can do for a bit and then stop, it’s something you live. Go vegan, stay vegan.
This sounds familiar…
Swear I’ve posted about all of these topics within the last 2 days?