Since i became vegan almost a year ago, my own friends and family have tried to put meat in my mouth and rubbed it in my face LITERALLY. People pester me constantly. I think being hateful towards vegans is just as bad as being hateful towards someone because of how they look. It upsets me SO much. Has anyone else dealt with the same problems?
I haven’t dealt with it, but what helps me is to not say that i’m vegan unless I’m going to go eat out with them or something. Then that usually doesn’t bring up nasty hate comments and rubbing of meat in my face. I mean, I’m proud (and wear t-shirts and sweaters to show that I’m vegan), but that doesn’t mean I start telling everyone I meet that I’m vegan because I know people will look at me funny (but all the people I’ve told are nice about it, which is something I’m grateful for). Why not try that with new people you meet? And with those people, just ignore them! They’re not worth your time!
When I was young, I had a friend who didn’t eat pork for religious reasons and I thought it was completely ridiculous. At that time, if I had seen someone sneaking some pork into her food, I wouldn’t have stopped them. In fact, I would have seen nothing wrong with it at all.
When I was older, after I dropped meat from my diet, I had several people try to feed me food with meat products snuck into it
So I understand both sides of this issue.
These are likely the same kinds of people who would harass those of differing religions and backgrounds. If you say your friends are doing it, those are not friends. Your family is greatly misinformed and it’s appalling the way they bully you. I’d set my mealtimes apart from them and make my food look and smell 10 times better than theirs so after a while they would feel at least a little bad and miss you. Say you won’t eat with them until they educate themselves or listen to you educate them on the healthier lifestyle. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make the world a better place, even if people like them are on it.