If there is one trend that has been gaining a lot of attention it is definitely the vegan lifestyle. As much as I admire vegans and their cause, there are a lot of aspects of the vegan online community that I find more negative than positive. Veganism is said to be beneficial for your health, the animals, the planet, and is pretty much represented as 'the perfect lifestyle'. Here are 10 of my thoughts on the attitude of the vegan online community. You might consider some of these bullet points nitpicking, but I find vegans do nothing but nitpicking when it comes to criticizing meat eaters.
They grew a conscience and that makes you a bad person
The vegan concept is relatively new, not many vegans today have been born into to this lifestyle. From what I have seen a lot of vegans just happened to grow a conscience one day and think that is good enough to start criticizing everyone around them, even though they consumed animal products for years beforehand.
Most suffered a drug and/or eating disorder in the past
If veganism helped you get over a drug addiction or an eating disorder, that is awesome and I encourage you to continue and find peace with yourself. I do however find this to be a common trait among vegans, as well as coming from a very bad nutritional background, like growing up with a family that has really bad eating habits. It basically is swapping one extreme habit for the other, from extremely unhealthy to extremely healthy.
Say veganism is a lifestyle
Talk about a 'vegan lifestyle' but only choose to address the animal abuse. What about recycling, being eco friendly, choosing for eco friendly products and services, limiting water and energy consumption, making conscious fashion choices? Wearing clothing made by children in a third world countries is not abuse? The animal industry is one of the most polluting yes, but so is the fashion industry and so are many other industries. The fact that they have a less evident impact does not mean they are less important. Any sort of pollution also kills animals.
Associate being skinny with being healthy
The emphasis that is placed on being skinny when it comes to the vegan community I find absolutely repulsive. Being skinny doesn't mean you're a healthy person, at all. In a society where we fight so hard to get this ridiculous and impossible beauty ideal removed from billboards, tv and magazines, this is a huge step back.
Veganism is used as a free pass for bullying
Is animal abuse okay? No it is not, but harassing other human beings about it isn't okay either. Calling it 'education' and 'awareness' is immoral. Bullying is not effective activism and it gives the lifestyle nothing but a bad reputation. (Here's the part where every vegan says animal abuse is immoral, which is also a subject I touch on further below).
Vegans don't like cooking
I thought vegans with a big online audience would be dedicated to cooking delicious, vegan meals, I found that not to be accurate. Most vegans like premade food and don't go any further than making fresh smoothies for themselves in the morning. How is it then that you spend your days trash talking what other people cook?
It's going to solve all your problems
The amount of times I've heard that being vegan is going to solve all your problems is ridiculous. Literally every single problem you have in your life will be solved if you go vegan. Looking for alternatives to medication is great, but no lifestyle can claim to solve every single issue you might have, that doesn't exist. Are you missing an arm? Go vegan!
Vegans only target beauty and lifestyle bloggers
Beauty bloggers have a large following and a lot of influence, they're treated by the vegan community as if they're the source of all cruel behaviour but without them, honestly, vegans wouldn't have much exposure, so it's a catch 22.
Animal abuse is the answer to everything
Every single time a vegan is being challenged and/or questioned for some of the choices, the subject will somehow always go back to animal abuse even when it has nothing to do with the discussed subject. Why are you a negative person? Animal abuse.
Any use of animal products is labelled as abuse
How is eating eggs from chickens or consuming homemade honey and dairy products from animals you keep in your own backyard animal abuse? Not all pets are treated inhumanely or live in horrible conditions. The animal industry does not equal all of humanity. Most vegans honestly have no clue (or simply choose to ignore) about the daily dynamics of a normal farm.
Ultimately everything you do has and will have an negative impact on the planet and every single living being on it. There is no perfect lifestyle, if you want to make the world a better place stop bashing others in the first place. Everyone is entitled to support the cause they deem important, whether it is animal rights, human rights, reducing the ecological footprint, etc.
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