December 8, 2012

How Vegans ruined Veganism

I haven't liked meat ever since I was a child. It wasn't out of a moral concern or even for health reasons; I just didn't like the taste of it. I do however enjoy "vegan approved" meals, and I think they're delicious, and in the past have been a "fruitarian" because I wasn't fond of vegetables either.

But I could probably never call myself a vegan, at least not until these vegans go away. You could say that vegans have ruined veganism for me. How? Read on.

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You know those self-righteous and preachy vegans?

Basically, if you're one of those, you're not helping your cause.
Vegans have a stereotype of being judgmental dicks, and by being self-righteous and the constant unwanted preaching, you're not helping with the stereotype.

Speaking of the judgmental vegans...

I'm very wary about pride, as I've found that it can be a very dangerous emotion. It's one thing to judge another person's lifestyle (which is often derived from their parents' lifestyles, and their parents' and so on) as a lifestyle that you wouldn't want to live, but it's another thing to get up into their face and criticise them.
You may say that you have the right to express your opinion, but your right to do so does not trump our right to live our lives how we goddamn want to.

Some of my vegan Facebook connections post shock photos in order to preach

Usually, these photos are the same ones that PETA use, of animals in slaughterhouses.
I have an issue with relying on shocking or scaring people or making people feel bad about themselves in order to make a point. I think that if you rely on those tactics, you haven't thought hard enough to articulate your feelings or your logic, so instead opt with the easy option of "SEE WHAT THEY DID TO WILBUR!!"

Yes, these commercial farms are an abomination. But I get the sense that none of these "PETA vegans" have ever been on a small family farm before; then again, there aren't many small farms left. Plus, haven't we, along with other animals, been eating animals for thousands of years?

They seem to think they're an exception to logical fallacies

"Plus, haven't we, along with other animals, been eating animals for thousands of years?"

"N is natural.
Therefore, N is good or right.
U is unnatural.
Therefore, U is bad or wrong."

I cannot tell you how many vegans I know who became vegans in order to have a more "natural" diet, or how many have claimed that by eating organic foods, they're healthier. This has recently been shown to be not exactly true.
Hell, even I am guilty of this, as it's the reason why I avoid dairy products.

They speak of cognitive dissonance of meat-eaters but then fall prey to their own arguments.

Some also use Google's Autocomplete to argue for them

Admittedly, this one is for somebody I know, and not necessarily for all vegans and vegetarians.

google search autocomplete
I saw them and one of their friends laugh and call this "brilliant".

Oh wow! If Google's Autocorrect said it, then it must be true!
I wonder if they'd find this funny or call it "brilliant":

Google Search auto complete vegans are-

Or if they'd also agree with these:

Google Autocomplete: black people are -

Google Auto Complete blacks are -

Google Auto Complete females are -

Google Auto Complete women are -

And seeing how he's a fellow atheist, I wonder if he'd also agree with this?:

Google Auto Complete atheists are-

Veganism is not without it's health risks

There have been studies that show that veganism can be no healthier or unhealthier than a normal (junk-food free) diet. These studies, however, are not groundbreaking. This is mainly because not everybody does their research and plan their meals.

I've known vegans (high school or college aged, of course) who thought that just being a vegan by itself will make them healthier. This is not always the case. If you're going onto a vegan diet, you will need to learn how to plan your meals quite well so that you're not missing important nutrients. It is best not to plan your meals alone but to follow recipes. If you're going to be a stupid teenager and call yourself a vegetarian or a vegan but rarely eat vegetables, then yes, you're going to get sick.

And guys? You're free to eat what you want. You're also free to fight for animal rights. But being preachy jerkfaces to people isn't going to help your cause.
And me? I'm not a vegan, and I'm not a vegetarian. I'm an omnivore who just happens to prefer fruits and vegetables to meat.

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author Tiger Craven About Tiger
Tiger is a 22 year old college student, mental health activist and professional living in the St Louis metro area. An atheist for all of his life, he is a member of his school's Secular Student Alliance and a local freethinker's meetup group. When he's not being apathetic to the idea of God or writing about atheism, he is a writer and public speaker about mental illness and disability, a photographer, and a bassist.