It’s a lifestyle.
A formidable, but personal choice.
Being vegan can solve some medical issues, or even settle some moral disturbances for some people.
Realigning your life to not need animal products or by-products is a “no brainer” for some & a “no way” for others.
Veganism doesn’t outline rules for how vegans should interact with non-vegans. It’s not a religion or a code of law. Veganism doesn’t give you douche-immunity, just as eating meat doesn’t give me one.
If you choose to put more emphasis on veganism than it being a diet, that’s a personal choice, but realize when you boil it down it’s a dietary decision. While there are plenty of vegans out there willing to preach like pastors or condemn like judges, that’s not what veganism is for. That’s not what any personal lifestyle choice is for.
Humans are not born vegan the way we are born gay or straight or bi or otherwise.
Humans as a whole & historically are omnivorous. Superior intelligence grants us a higher place on the food chain than we should probably have, but what’s wrong is the way we handle such power. Veganism is some people’s “answer” to the horrible human-animal relations in the world today.
Vegans have every right to:
- live how they want
- speak their minds
- defend their positions, especially if attacked first
- hold personal opinions
- educate others on dietary options
- challenge human animal relation policy & litigation
- whistle-blow on inhumane treatment of animals
- propose methods to support / protect vegan options
- disassociate from non-vegan people & places
Vegans have absolutely no right to:
- harass non-vegans
- force their opinions on others
- condemn others for their lifestyle choices
- make false assertions for the sake of their argument
- display disturbing images to non-vegan diners
- make rude comments to non-vegans when in public
I understand and appreciate the animal loving fervor that vegans tend to have. As an animal lover, an amateur biologist & a credentialed sociologist, I have come to my own understanding that humans were granted (some) superiority over animals, but that doesn’t mean we have to execute such superiority inhumanely.
You can read all about my feelings on human animals relations here.