Dearest dictatorial vegans,
Well, vegetarians too.
So. A discussion come up about vegetarian and vegan diets. And of course, I state what I always say on the matter. I respect their lifestyle, if that works for them and makes them happy, then that’s great, how could I possibly criticize them for that? But I’m not a vegetarian, and I really couldn’t ever conceive being one, so I hope they can respect my choice, too.
Well. Then ensues a torrent of vegetarians and vegans alike who say that I ‘must’ convert to vegetarianism or veganism, and that they most certainly NOT respect my choice. So to these rather, rude individuals (and I know, not all, or even most, vegetarians/vegans are like that):
I do not tell people what to wear.
I do not tell people how to act.
I do not tell people what drugs they can take.
I do not tell people what they should believe in.
I do not tell people how they should look.
I do not tell people that they should live their lives, like mine.
All I tell them is, be respectful, be kind, be understanding, and I surely will do the same.
So how is telling people what they should eat, any different?
What I’m really saying is “Who the HELL put YOU in charge of MY life??”
“So how is telling people what they should eat, any different?”
Animals are sentient beings, capable of feeling happiness and love, fear and pain, just like us. And yet they are tortured and killed for food, clothing, and entertainment that we don’t need, just because we want it. That’s why it’s different. Would you tell someone they couldn’t beat children? Sure, because, I’m sure you’d argue, that’s not a lifestyle choice; it’s an act of cruelty that infringes upon the happiness of another being. The same goes for those that consume animal products.