Recently, a survey was conducted that revealed 5 reasons why meat eaters do not want to switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet:
1. Really like the taste of meat (81%) 2. Meat substitutes are too expensive (58%) 3. Get used to their eating habits (50%) 4. Family eats meat and will not support going vegan or vegetarian (41%) 5 The attitude of some vegetarians/vegans discouraged (26%)
We’ve heard the first four reasons a million times, but the 5th answer especially caught our attention. Indeed, there are vegans all over the world who are trying to get everyone to give up meat, and in a very aggressive way. Social media campaign pages have popped up chanting slogans like “Meat eaters burn in hell!” and how many jokes have already been made about vegans only talking about food and animals?
No one will argue with the fact that a diet is a personal choice for everyone. But what makes some vegans literally scream about being vegan and be aggressive towards people who don’t eat a plant-based diet?
I’m better than others now
One of the driving forces behind aggressiveness is skyrocketing narcissism. A person who nevertheless was able to refuse meat, having made sure that his willpower is strong, begins to put himself above other people. And if this person also practices yoga, practices meditation and generally achieved enlightenment (no), his ego flies even higher. Contacts with others who eat meat become a real battlefield: a vegan will definitely mention that he is a vegan, that everyone needs to give up meat, milk and other animal products, that a person who does not do this does not think about animals, ecology, and in general does not think about anything.
Such ardent adherents of a plant-based diet have created the opinion that vegans are angry and screaming aggressors. Meat-eaters try not to run into them, so as not to accidentally stumble upon a welcome “I have been vegan for 5 years”. Thus, people lose all desire to even learn vegetarianism, because no one in their right mind wants to become angry and aggressive. Agree, no one wants to communicate with people who say how to live.
Veganism is growing by leaps and bounds and is gaining more and more popularity – a fact. But at the same time, a split in society is growing stronger, dividing a huge abyss between vegans and, let’s say, omnivorous people. So many vegans don’t want to brand themselves with the word “vegan” and say they just don’t eat meat, meaning “meat” means many animal products. And there are more and more such people.
The study published above was conducted on 2363 British meat eaters. A quarter of the respondents said that the reason they continue to eat meat has nothing to do with the food itself. According to them, they do not switch to a plant-based diet, because their desire was repulsed by overly active vegans and vegetarians. 25% of those surveyed say that vegans have repeatedly given them long and tedious lectures about their carnivorous diet and argued that the diet they follow (the vegan diet) is the only right way for a person to eat.
Following this survey, an appeal was sent to The Vegan Society for comment on how they feel about such statements.
Dominica Piasekka, spokeswoman for The Vegan Society, said. –
So, if you don’t want to be seen as one of the aggressive vegans, but want to be a really cool friend and conversationalist, take note of this behavior guide, which is based on the opinion of omnivores about vegans.
Vegans talk about animal cruelty and killing all the time
Nobody wants to see what is happening on farms and slaughterhouses, everyone has long known what is happening there. Don’t make people feel guilty. You can share information carefully, but nothing more.
Vegans make others question their love for animals
An argument that causes a nervous tic in any omnivore. Just because people still eat meat doesn’t mean they don’t like animals.
Vegans are trying to shove their food on everyone
Nutritional yeast, vegan cheese, soy sausages, cereal bars – keep it all. Omnivores are unlikely to appreciate your efforts and vegan food, but they will try to give you a piece of meat in return. You don’t want that, do you?
They force you to watch scary documentaries and read books.
Watch these films for yourself, but don’t force them on anyone. The cruelty that vegans are trying to show makes the situation even worse.
Vegans judge other people
When you are in the company of people who eat meat or cheese, don’t launch into a tirade about cows and pigs when they raise a fork to their mouth. Remember that no one has the right to judge another person. Repeat the mantra to yourself: “This is a personal matter for everyone. Everyone has their own choice.”
Vegans talk about being vegan all the time.
Perhaps this is the most famous feature of vegans. Often, not a single meeting is complete without mentioning their commitment to a humane way of life. But let’s just stop doing that, shall we?
Vegans are narcissistic
Just because we don’t contribute our penny to the livestock industry, we don’t become saints. And this is not a reason to put yourself above others.
Vegans force their friends to go to vegan cafes and restaurants
If your friends want to go to the most ordinary omnivorous restaurant, you don’t have to insist on a vegan one. You can always find something vegetable in any establishment, and this is better than ruining relationships with your loved ones.
Vegans splash facts and statistics
But usually no vegan can name the sources of these statistics. So if you don’t remember where you read that veganism cures allergies, don’t talk about it at all.
Vegans don’t like questions about nutrition
Where do you get protein? What about B12? These questions are getting pretty fed up, but some people are really interested in your nutrition and are considering switching to a plant-based diet. So you better answer.
Vegans are touchy
Not all, but many. Meat-eaters love to tease, tell jokes about vegans, and shove meat. Don’t take everything to heart.
Repetition – the mother of learning