I’ve been vegan for 3.5 years and wrote a whole post on exactly why I went (and still am) vegan.
Last year, I was walking through Guildford, and there was a woman handing out leaflets on the meat industry. She was trying to convince people to go vegan.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with educating people on what goes on in the meat- and dairy industries. But if someone tells me they don’t want to hear about it, I let it go. She didn’t.
In fact, when she heard I was vegan, she started to argue with me that I should be ‘spreading the message’ and help ‘convert people’ to veganism. Which makes it sound a little bit like a cult.
A lot of vegans online are like that. They will react badly to people that aren’t vegan. They swear at them, tell them they shouldn’t be alive and are just plain mean. For no reason other than that the person they’re shouting at isn’t vegan.
I’m vegan for different reasons. For animals, for the environment, for my health… And that’s my choice. I did my research and decided that I didn’t want to support that industry. If someone asks me about why I made that choice, I will tell them. If they don’t, I let them be. And I think that’s the best way to live.
Sorry this was a bit of a rant – just had to let it all out. I get really annoyed when people don’t allow others to make their own choices.