Yes, vegetarianism contributes to animal cruelty. Often times the animals raised for their byproducts suffer far more than animals raised for their flesh, but bashing vegetarians is not only counterproductive to the cause, it’s just flat out disrespectful.
Despite the fact that vegetarians are supporting the egg and dairy industries, they are doing something by not eating meat. The amount of lives Meatout Monday has saved is a friggin phenomenal. I know I’ve made a joke here and there about pescatarians, but if someone is making a conscious choices to cut flesh out of their diet, you gotta applaud that shit.
So if we’re preaching “compassion” we have to start being compassionate to people too. Being respectful to vegetarians and omnivores will make them all the more likely to listen to what you have to say. Anyone can hear you, but it’s another thing to listen and actually process what someone just said. If you tick someone off, they’re not going to listen to you. Being a vegan doesn’t automatically make you a good person. I’ve met some committed vegans that do amazing things for animals, but walk ALL over people. I was once told that I’m “not a true vegan” because I missed an animal rights protest. *facepalm*
I’m not saying don’t stand up for yourself. I’ll be the first to tell you, don’t take shit from anyone. But that doesn’t mean you have to raise your voice, just improve your argument.
Having a vegan community is great (That’s an understatement. It’s wicked awesome!) But shutting yourself off from the rest of the world isn’t so great… Sometimes that mob mentality kicks in and we forgot what we’re saying. Frankly, the vegan community cannot expect to win the hearts and minds of non-vegans by bashing the very people who are most likely to go vegan in the first place: vegetarians.
If we want to make this world a better place, it starts with extending kindness to all creatures. I cannot stress that enough.
Kill ‘em with kindness, dammit! #VegansofIG