For years, there has been unnecessary hatred towards vegans and those that choose not to eat meat. But why does this hatred exist?
There’s a wide range of interesting vegan statistics and facts that prove veganism to be good for our planet, yet there’s often a lot of hate directed at vegans that live this lifestyle.
What have vegans done to deserve this kind of negativity?
The answer is nothing. Vegans haven’t done anything wrong. They are simply making a personal choice about the food they put into their bodies. And yet, time and time again, they face negativity from others.
So, why do people react so negatively to vegans?
There are a few reasons:
Firstly, some people may feel that they are being judged for their own dietary choices. They may see vegans as holier-than-thou, and this makes them uncomfortable.
Unfortunately, it is true that in the past there have been individuals to ‘force’ the idea of veganism on people. This obviously has a negative impact on vegans in general, despite it being just the very few outliers that cause this problem.
An example of this being a problem in recent times is with the ‘That Vegan Teacher’ user on TikTok. This user promotes veganism in a way that is controversial and forceful, diminishing the opinions of non-vegans and forcing veganism on viewers.
This is also the perfect example of vegans being made to look bad by a minority, as in reality, vegans and those that choose not to eat meat are not like this. Sadly, this occurrence happens all too often, and over the years we are likely to see more controversies coming from individual vegans that give veganism a bad name.
Secondly, some people simply don’t understand veganism. They may see it as a weird or extreme lifestyle choice, and this can lead to criticism.
Of course, the way that someone else chooses to eat has little to no impact on others. There’s no logical reason behind criticising those that make different decisions, especially if those decisions are harmless and don’t affect anyone else negatively.
Sadly, there are always going to be those that hate on others just because they’re different to themselves in some way.
Lastly, some people feel that veganism is a threat to the meat industry. They may see it as a growing trend, and this makes them scared and defensive.
These people might be farmers or the friends/families of farmers, or owners of meat plants or cattle markets.
Realistically, there’s no need to be concerned for the meat industry, as there will always be a need for meat in some way, shape or form. Similarly, a decline in meat eaters doesn’t mean that farms become unnecessary. Farms are an essential part of crop growing , and there would still be a need for these even if everyone became vegan.
At the end of the day, being negative towards vegans achieves nothing. It doesn’t change their minds, and it doesn’t make them go back to eating meat. All it does is create tension and division.
So why not try being more understanding instead? After all, we’re all just trying to make the best choices for our own lives. Let’s respect each other’s differences, and work together to create a kinder, more compassionate world.
Vegan facts to know:
– A vegan diet is free of all animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs and honey.
– Vegans do not consume anything that comes from an animal, including gelatine and whey.
– There are many health benefits to a vegan diet, including lower rates of heart disease, obesity and cancer.
– Veganism is also great for the environment, as it reduces our reliance on animal agriculture.
Why choose to be vegan?
There are many reasons why people choose to go vegan, but some of the most common ones include:
– The health benefits: a vegan diet is free of cholesterol and saturated fat, and it is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
– The environmental benefits: animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, and switching to a vegan diet can help reduce our carbon footprint.
– The ethical reasons: cows, pigs, chickens and other animals raised for meat are subjected to horrific conditions on factory farms, and choosing a vegan lifestyle is the simplest way to avoid supporting this cruelty.
– The taste: many people are surprised by how delicious and varied vegan food can be. There are now thousands of vegan-friendly recipes out there, and with a bit of experimentation, anyone can find dishes they love.
So why not give veganism a try? It’s a great way to improve your health, help the environment and spare the lives of animals.
If you don’t know where to start, we recommend checking out some vegan recipes to get a hang of what you can eat. Going fully vegan can be difficult at first, so start by easing yourself in and eating as vegan as possible without fully committing.
There are plenty of direct meat alternatives, such as quorn nuggets (instead of chicken nuggets) and meat-free mince. These are a good place to start as their taste is familiar.
However you choose to eat, make sure you ensure that any changes you decide on are healthy choices for you as an individual. Everybody is different and there isn’t necessarily one right way to be vegan. What matters most is that you’re comfortable with your choices and that you’re taking steps to make the world a better place.