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Why People Hate You For Being Vegan

Going vegan isn’t exactly at the top of everyone’s to-do list for the new year. Each year, a Veganuary campaign has petitioned folks across the globe to go vegan for the month of January. This year, there is a record number of registrations at over 100,000 registrants.

But what impact can one person have?

PETA’s website states that by going vegan, one person saves 198 animals per year; multiply that by 100,000, and participants for this year alone {if they stick with it} are saving almost 20 million animals per year. By not creating the demand for animal products, you’re lessening the amount of meat that grocery stores need to buy, and in turn, lessening the number of animals that are needed to be raised for slaughter. As of June 2017, 6% of the US population identifies as vegan, and with all of the vegan products coming out these days, it’s sure to be even more over the next few years.

However, the idea of a vegan {or plant-based} diet is still relatively new, and many new {or existing!} vegans may find themselves at the end of some serious backlash. People may be angry– weird, right? Sure, it’s one thing if you’re angrily spouting off facts and figures at them, but it’s another thing if you’re pretty quiet about it outside of sharing the odd social media post (and fun fact: if they don’t like your posts or are offended by them, they’re perfectly capable of unfollowing!). 🙂

But regardless, here’s a brief list of why they’re angry, also known as the great list of why people hate you for being vegan:

  1. You aren’t being like everyone else, and they’re uncomfortable with people who are different. Change can be hard, and not everyone is comfortable with it. Many people want to be just a part of the crowd, and if you deviate from what everyone else is doing, that makes you weird! Thanks, Mr. Dursley, but I’m okay with being different.
  2. They may feel like you’re judging them for what they’re eating, because they’re insecure with themselves. They may live an unhealthy life, be unhappy with themselves and their own choices, and feel that by eating differently, you’re pointing that out. I go to the gym on a regular basis and eat mostly plants, avoiding junk food because I feel like absolute crap every time I eat anything with too much sugar or oil. There’s no reason for me to feel like that, so for the most part, I don’t eat it, and because of this, I weigh on the healthier end for my height. Sure, sometimes I wish I could eat Burger King fries all day every day, but I don’t. I envy people who can, but I also don’t really care what other people are eating. What other people eat or how/if they exercise is not my business, and I don’t waste my time thinking about that.
  3. They’ve taken the time to make or buy a food for a group of people, and they feel as though their effort has been wasted if you don’t eat what they’ve brought. What someone else brings to a party is for them to enjoy and share with others who want it. It’s not my responsibility to eat something that someone else brings.
  4. If they’re family, they more than likely didn’t raise you to eat a vegan diet, and they see no reason for you to change. They’ve raised you in a way they feel is healthy and correct, and they may think you’re telling them they’re wrong. They may feel as though you’re being ungrateful for wanting to be different. This is probably the one for which I feel the most sympathy: my grandma wouldn’t have understood why I wasn’t eating meat, dairy, or eggs and would have hated it– you’ve got to eat something!  There’s nothing wrong with familial concern, but by backing up your way of eating with evidence and reassurance that yes, I’m taking B12 and getting enough iron, you’ll reassure them that no, you aren’t going to die. On top of this, if you’re buying your own groceries and living on your own/away from family, it’s your decision as an individual to eat this way. Besides, if you were eating ramen noodles like they were going out of style, your family/friends wouldn’t have anything to say, but research shows that all that ramen would be putting you at risk of a heart problem! How’s about them apples?
  5. They think it’s a way for you to seek attention and be a special snowflake. I can’t say I hate getting a special dish like risotto or fancy zucchini noodles when out at a restaurant that doesn’t have vegan food and the chef is willing to get creative. However, it’s not an attention-seeking thing; in fact, please pay less attention to what I’m eating, because what I eat doesn’t encompass everything I am. I don’t blog about guinea pigs, but I could talk about them all day if you get me going! 😉
  6. You make them think about uncomfortable things like animals, *gasp*, dying for their food. In someone’s mind, bacon is bacon. It comes from the refrigerator case in the grocery store, not an actual pig that’s smarter than a three year old.
  7. The fact that you don’t eat the same thing as everyone else means that either you’re not going to eat the same thing as everyone else at a party and they might have to make something else or you’re going to have to bring your own food and you might bring something weird that no one has ever eaten before. First of all, no one said I had to share, but second of all, you’re missing out.
  8. They don’t know what you eat, so they’re afraid you’re starving yourself or running around eating Doritos. I mean come on, most Doritos aren’t vegan.

  9. They’re afraid you’re going to bring up the fact you’re vegan at every public function like someone with an interest or passion. How do you know if someone’s vegan? Ask them or say something about it, then antagonize them and make them explain why, then complain and say that all they do is talk about it. If you’re passionate about being compassionate toward animals, you’re going to want to talk about it. If you’re passionate about cars, you’re going to talk about cars. It’s normal.
  10. They believe that animals are here for us to eat, because cavemen ate them, and going against what cavemen ate would be going against God. This logic literally does not make sense– if you’re going by the Bible, there were no cavemen; Adam and Eve were the first people, and saying there were cavemen implies that there either were people before A + E, or it’s saying that evolution exists, something that some Christians don’t believe in. On top of this, it’s literally in the Bible that God told Adam and Eve to eat all of the plants and nuts and seeds that came from the Earth, then told Noah after the flood that it was okay to eat the dead animals, because there wasn’t all that much left on Earth to eat… but now there is.
  11. You might try to convert them. What a world that would be, huh?

Questions for you:

How did you first come across veganism? What were some of your first impressions?

How do you incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet?

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