I’m disabled & vegan, w/epilepsy, so I’m fine on a plant-based diet, but I am aware that there’s a lot of people who cannot go vegetarian or vegan, so here’s just a wee list of things you can do if you’re keen on animal activism
Get involved & raise awareness! Sign up for any protests etc for animal rights in your area, maybe talk to abled/neurotypical friends and family, and get them to cut down some of their animal product consumption!
Veganism is about doing what is possible, not what is going to harm you! So never be too hard on yourself
When you hear people in the vegan community calling meat-eaters animal abusers/carnists, etc, keep in mind that this refers to people who can change but won’t. It’s kind of like when I talk about straight people. If I say that straight people are homophobic, I don’t mean every singe straight person is (I’m comparing here, not equating. sexuality has nothing to do with eating meat/disability)
Don’t let people on either side use you as an excuse. Don’t let vegans say that x disabled person can be vegan therefore all disabled people can be vegan, but also don’t let abled meat-eaters use you (a.k.a “I have a friend”) as an excuse to keep eating meat.
If there is any animal product you can cut down on, then definitely cut down! Tiny steps have a massive impact on supply&demand.
Don’t buy leather, fur, silk, wool, etc (this does not mean that you should get rid of all your clothes. If you have to buy a new jacket, look for one made with faux leather!)
If you’re rich (lol what) , buy from local farms.
If you’re getting a pet, adopt! My cat is from a shelter and he is the most wonderful baby. I love him.
And again, don’t be too hard on yourself. You aren’t the problem here
For those vegans who feel like they don’t make a difference, please try to remember just how powerful it is to be a visible symbol of this movement and an advocate for a better world. Through our actions and our ethics we show others that it is possible to live in such a way as to cause the least harm we can, and that not only can humans survive this way; we can thrive. Just by existing we offer a template for a kinder, a wiser and a more sustainable way of being.
So even if you’re not as vocal as you’d like to be, never forget that by your commitment alone you inspire people, even if you never get to see the fruits of that inspiration. We aren’t going to end animal agriculture in our lifetime and we may never save the life of an animal directly, but wherever we go we’re planting seeds. You should never let anyone devalue that.