I have been an active member of Peta for 3 years and I am slowly becoming more and more frustrated. Throughout these years I have slowly seen this community drift towards vegetarian hating. I don’t understand this. I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 2 1/2 years and I feel as though my contribution to animal welfare (although it isn’t as great as a Vegans) being seen as invalid. From banning non-vegans from entering Peta’s Cutest (used to be vegetarian) Vegan Alive contest to changing the name of ‘Hug a Vegetarian Day’ to ‘Hug a Vegan Day’. I am frustrated that Peta is not allowing vegetarian to participate in many events because we are not Vegans. This is not hate to Vegans, I think you are incredible and I plan to be a vegan someday but I currently am not and it frustrates me that Peta no longer recognizes vegetarians as animal saviors.
No I don’t let anything bother me haha. I’ve been vegetarian since late 2005 (close to 8 years now) and joined the peta2 street team in early 2006. I love and support veganism and might go vegan one day but I don’t know. We are all only human none of us are perfect just do what you think is right, what you are truly comfortable with. PETA is just trying to promote veganism. As the years go by there are more and more vegans so they can hold things like contests exclusively for vegans and still have enough entries and help raise awareness about veganism etc.
I agree with @hakred.
Peta is a vegan organisation and they’re just trying to promote the diet that fits in with their ideals. They don’t “hate” vegetarians because you’re still saving lots of animals lives.
I hear ya. Ive been a vegetarian for years, but it’s been hard for me to switch to full vegan. Peta just wants to push being vegan because its just one step better than being veg. Being a vegetarian DEFINITELY makes a difference. Think of how many more people are vegetarian in the past few years than there were before. It’s because people like us influence them to do so. Even thought its not a big difference, every meal you dont eat with meat saves a life. that should be enough satisfaction to keep you going.(:
Promoting veganism does not equate to hating vegetarianism/vegetarians in the slightest. That’s not the idea or the message that PETA is trying to send out. While I myself can not speak for PETA or peta2, I believe it’s more about sending out positive vibes that encourage people to take a step towards veganism. Your efforts are most certainly appreciated, @Shelbykilljoyy.. and I know one thing for certain – the staff here loves the peta2 street teamers (that means you). 🙂