Something I’ve been seeing a lot of lately in people’s profiles on social networking sites (mainly instagram. I’m a total instagram stalker.) is the statement “I’m a Vegan/vegetarian”
Like saying they’re both o.O
I don’t really understand, but it instantly pisses me off every time.
I mean… you could say you’re vegetarian if you’re vegan, I suppose… but you can’t say you’re vegan if you’re vegetarian.
It really makes me think those are the people who have “jumped on the bandwagon” so to speak, and don’t really give two craps. They’re just saying it to be… I don’t know. Freaking hipsters.
What do you guys think?
We complain about things Omnivores say all the time. Give the tables a turn.
I agree, it would be like someone saying they are a vegan while going around eating an egg sandwich, it is two different things all together.
I am just returning to beging a vegetarian and I know I am no where near being a vegan so there would be no way someone could mistake the two as being one.
I also went vegan overnight – granted, I basically startled myself into doing it by watching all the horrible videos and reading articles online. It wasn’t until much later that I really started to learn about the health aspects of diet..
I have no problem with those who feel like they need to crawl. Circumstances and mindsets are different for everyone.
But there is a difference between making progress and simply lying about what you are doing and what you stand for for the sake of image.
I am not religious. But if I were considering converting to Christianity, and a pastor told me not to drink but then I ran into him at a bar where he was drinking… you can understand how that would greatly affect my attitude toward it.
Preaching the benefits of veg*nism/recycling/green lifestyles, what have you, without actually living up to it yourself – it could easily give people the wrong idea about all of it. It makes it seem like none of it needs to be taken seriously.
While I agree that it is great to get the information out there in whatever way possible, we all need to set good examples for those who are truly interested in living healthier and more compassionate lives.
i have a friend on Facebook who is vegetarian but she will post pics of her food all the time. but she will post like a grilled cheese with #vegan and i like no no no and i know its not vegan cheese cause shell post other things like a salad and post #salad #croutons #cheddarcheese #vegan
That video I linked to. (Meat Your Meat)
After watching that video, I spent a couple of hours learning more truth about animals beings abused and tortured as though they’re not even alive; as though they’re just manufactured, inanimate objects.
I was incredibly angry. I couldn’t believe humans were actually treating animals like that. I wanted it to stop right away and I instantly began thinking of ways that I could stop it.
At the very least, I was no longer going to support this horrible pain and suffering through my purchases and consumption.
Vegetarians and Vegans are like a new born child to most people.
After a few weeks they learn of us, it is a slow crawling pace really, but it takes us to crawl before baby steps.
As more and more people learn about his better way of life then those baby steps turn into a walk and then a run.
Soon people will be wanting to know more and more about what we stand for and it wont by just a run but a full on marathon!
But we have to show them that before they can walk they must first crawl.
Being a Vegan isn’t something one (who ate meat all the day’s of life) could easily go over night, first comes Vegetarian and then slowly into Vegan.
Before I ever started returning to being a Vegetarian I crawled and snuck my way to it past my mother.
Every inch counts.
Crawling and baby steps might be slow but it is progress.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a problem with this.
I completely understand if people want to be vegan, or are transitioning… However… I want to be a pirate. I don’t go around telling people I’m a freaking pirate. Because I’m not. And no matter how much I could say I’m a pirate, it would never make me a pirate.
Telling people you recycle then not recycling doesn’t help the cause at all.
It’s a “practice what you preach” kind of thing.
They either try to be “vegan sometimes” i.e. the people who don’t like to admit they cave in every week and eat eggs and dairy and ALWAYS eat honey, or they don’t want anyone contacting them about what more they can do for animals, the environment, and other people.
It ticks me off too, I would like to know simply if someone’s vegan or not – it usually makes a difference on whether or not I’ll spend my time talking to them about what they may not yet know.
It just disappoints me that so many people are so indecisive when there is so much riding on the decision of being vegan instead of vegetarian. Never let anyone tell you that you should treat vegetarians as if “we’re all part of one big team” and “they’re doing enough for the cause”. If we don’t let them know why veganism is needed, who will?
Oh man, those people want to make me punch them in the face XD
They want to be cool by saying vegan, but they don’t have the balls to actually be vegan so they’re saying vegetarian/vegan. Wimps XD
Yeah, a lot of people do, and they’re all going to die out soon because they don’t have the nerves to stick to veg*nism!
So from what I just wrote, I think you can tell, but just as much as you hate it, I hate it too.
You’re definitely right that they aren’t ought to be claiming veganism if they’re not.. I’ve been a vegetarian for years but I’ve only been vegan for a few days, so to claim veganism (when you only avoid meat) is kind of taking a lot of credit for work that you haven’t done. It’s definitely just becoming more popular as a trend, but maybe it can be used for the advantage of the animals, not just because it’s now “cool” not to eat meat.