How Vegan Are You?
A Vegan Lifestyle Doesn’t Mean Perfection
When you become a vegan, there inevitably be a time when someone questions ‘how vegan are you?‘.You’ve changed your diet over to be vegan or plant-based, started buying non-animal clothing and shoes, donated to animal charities, avoided going to zoos and aquariums but for some this just isn’t enough.I get it, I totally do.People have to question so many little things they don’t see the bigger picture.Making small changes that have meant saving the lives of so many animals and also your impact on the environment.
To be ‘a proper vegan’ doesn’t mean you have to going to every activist event either.You can voice your opinion by sharing information via social media, writing a blog, signing an online petition or joining a local vegan group.Any small action means you’re doing your bit and you’re doing an amazing job by taking these steps.It can be really disheartening to be put down, especially by someone who has the same end goal as you- reduce the suffering and death of animals.
Being an activist and a vegan maybe natural for some.I mean preaching to the converted is a negative waste of energy, when we should be celebrating each other.Attending activist events can be a a bit scary.A couple years ago, my kids and I accidentally ended up in the thick of a peace march when in London.It was a very moving experience but my thoughts were on my kids and getting them out of there in case it got out of hand.
In the past it has been mostly non-vegans that have pulled me up on for most minute thing, having another vegan question ‘how vegan are you?‘ can be bring you down.Who needs ‘friends’ like that?
It’s all about your vegan journey- progress, not perfection.
It’s tiring having to explain yourself constantly to those who have the confidence to take part activism.
It doesn’t make them special.
It’s not a competition to see ‘how vegan are you?‘
Going vegan means we all do our bit.Whether it’s eating less meat or turning from a dairy farmer to growing vegetables.Leading by example is more powerful than tearing into someone who has the same beliefs as you.I hold my hands up by saying I eat dairy cheese now and now because it’s cheaper to buy.It doesn’t mean I feel less a vegan.I don’t need someone to make feel bad for that.I’m not perfect.I’m not defined by being a vegan *listens for the sirens of the vegan police*.Stay at home vegans can do as much as an activist out on march, if more.Competitiveness and guilt against fellow vegans can bring down a community, where the potential to reach out to others is thwarted.Veganism shouldn’t be measured in amount of activist marches you take part in but the amount of Co-op doughnuts you eat.It maybe time to reconsider who you’re friends with.
Kick ‘judgey pants vegan’ to the kerb.I
t’s bullying and needs to stop.
So tell me, how vegan are you?
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