Online abuse, outright criticisms, and non-discreet shaming is obviously what you expect when you make the seriously “insane” choice to become vegetarian or vegan. We see it all the time, pops up out of the blue, an irrational and frankly bizarre mistrust and resentment towards those that follow a plant based diet. In my experiences as a vegan I’ve found again and again and again that people want to follow you round with countless questions and interrogations about how you can survive without eating meat, but they don’t really want to wait around long enough for an answer. It’s like being a “crazy vegan” just means I’m there to be disagreed with – even if I haven’t opened my mouth to say anything. How do you know someone’s vegan?don’t worry they’ll tell you! I hate to be the one to ruin a joke but more often than not you probably asked them…
I still wonder how this is still such a new concept to so many people? It’s estimated that there are 520,00 vegans in the UK, and a further 3-4 million vegetarians. This is an immense increase from a decade ago when the UK hosted only 150,000 vegans. Not only that but as awareness is spreading and the numbers are increasing, it’s evidently a fast growing trend. And it’s actually a lot more than that too, it’s such a colossal choice that it is recognised as a human right under article 9 of the European Human Rights Protection Association, ” Freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” This isn’t a cause that I’d tell anybody they had to get behind, but can it at least be a cause that demands their respect?
And should we not understand that there are undeniable benefits to veganism? If the grain we used to feed livestock to produce meat was used for human consumption (or if we put the resources for growing it towards other crops), we could feed an extra 1.3 billion people…What’s more, the average vegan diet has a water footprint of less than 600 gallons of water a day, which is essential if we want to conserve our vital resources. Other people choose to be vegan because of their personal experiences of health benefits, and how it can make them more conscientious of their diets, others (like me) delve into a realm of vegan junk food and made the choice because we wanted to have an effect on the lives of animals.Being vegan doesn’t mean that you have to change everything about you, it isn’t “us” and “them.”
But basically, I believe in respecting the choices that people make, that it isn’t my job to tell people what to do or what to eat. I believe our diet is one of the most important aspects of our lives, and people who opt to follow a particular path shouldn’t be questioned or judged for making good choices. I believe, above all, that if you want to judge me for my choices you need to know what you’re talking about. And I also believe in the brilliant minds of Al Gore, Albert Einstein, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Anne Hathaway, all of whom adopted a vegetarian or vegan diet.