This is where one very common argument against veganism comes into play. I've certainly heard this one more than I'd like to, and I'm sure many of you have as well:
"Everyone has a choice to eat what they want, it's just food! Stop bullying me because I choose to eat differently to you!"
This argument is wrong on so many levels. And, when you acknowledge the fact that veganism is a lifestyle rather than a diet, it doesn't make the slightest bit of sense. A common retort to this particular argument is:
"It's not about what you eat. It's about who you eat!"
That one, short statement sums up my argument perfectly. Many non-vegans don't seem to understand that veganism is about more than the food on your plate. It's about where (or, rather, who) that food came from. I, for one, don't even see animal products as food anymore. I see animal products for what they really are - dead limbs, organs and secretions. Doesn't sound very appetising, does it?
|Vegan/non-vegan isn't the same as apples/oranges!|
To be vegan, you must do more than simply abstain from eating animal products. It's also about what you use - and that includes anything from dish-washing liquid to dresses. IF something is made from dead animal parts, it's not vegan. Vegans also abstain from exploiting animals in any way - they should not be used simply for human benefit. That is not their purpose. Veganism is about compassion, which is personified through the avoidance of products and services derived from suffering and death.
"To be vegan, you must do more than simply abstain from eating animal products."
So, if anyone ever asks you to stop bullying them about their diet, make sure they know the truth. Veganism is about following a passionate and compassionate lifestyle - it's not the same as preferring apples over oranges! Let's demolish the "it's just food!" argument for good!
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