I have a confession to make: I am not a vegan! After nearly five years of eating a plant based diet, I have just recently found out that I am NOT a vegan.
Why? Because I don’t eat a plant-based diet due to the fact that I am not an animal rights activist!! In other words, I eat a plant-based diet because I feel it is a better diet for me. Animal rights has nothing to do with my decision.
(More specifically, I am a flexitarian — but that is another story.)
Anyway, this all started with a few (of what I thought) were innocent comments on a vegan Facebook group concerning the following joke:
“If you are trying to save the animals, why are you eating their food?”
Personally, I thought the joke was hilarious, but the person who posted it was furious! My comment to the gal that posted the ‘joke’ was that if vegans would stop flaunting their superior diet, maybe meat eaters would not make such comments.
Boy, was that the wrong thing to say.
Long story short, I finally looked up the definition of a vegan and here is what I found:
“Veganism// is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.”
What is a Vegan?
Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. For example, some vegans feel that one promotes the meat industry by consuming eggs and dairy products. That is, once dairy cows or egg-laying chickens are too old to be productive, they are often sold as meat; and since male calves do not produce milk, they usually are raised for veal or other products. Some people avoid these items because of conditions associated with their production.
Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. They know they are not perfect, but believe they have a responsibility to try to do their best, while not being judgmental of others.
— The Vegetarian Resource Group
Vegan. Does not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other animal product. … People gravitate to veganism for various reasons; but its popularity stems from three main reasons–number one being love and respect for animals. Animals raised on factory farms endure horrific living conditions, and most vegans believe that even animals raised with “free-range” and “organic” classifications still suffer. Another reason that people follow a vegan diet has to do with environmental concerns. Take this fact, for example: The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people–more than the entire human population on Earth. If we stop feeding all our land’s output to farmed animals, there will be more food for humans to eat. Lastly, some people become vegan for health reasons.