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Offending Omnivores

For most, the decision to become vegan is a pivotal moment in their lives. Many feel a sense of weight being lifted from their shoulders, no longer are they saddled with the feelings of guilt for eating innocent beings. Some experience a sort of detoxification, not only for their body and mind, but spiritually as well. It's a very freeing feeling to know that you are no longer contributing to the discrimination, exploitation, and battery of animals across the globe. And my species loving friends you have every single right to feel proud, free, and liberated, but beware not everyone will share those same feelings of joy and inculpability.

Most any vegan will tell you that the path is not an easy one; at first. You've found this new lifestyle which is bound to be an overhaul of the life which you used to live. Now everything requires your scrutiny and observation; you read labels searching for animal ingredients, you pass on that new car with leather opting for the cloth interior instead, and of course you politely decline the offering of your best friend's famous meat tacos. Then comes the big reveal, "I'm a vegan now." Your friends laugh and shake their heads. Your mother sighs, worries, and questions just how you are going to survive without protein and cow's milk. And your Uncle Bob declares that animals were made for us to eat and now that you refuse he will eat even more to make up the difference.

Nothing makes a meat eater more uncomfortable than when a herbivore discusses ethics and animal cruelty. When debates and discussions take place, remember to keep your cool and politely state your facts and opinions. No matter how nasty your Uncle Bob gets you must remind yourself that this isn't about changing Bob, it's about changing you. You know what you are doing is right for you, right for the planet, and right for all the people and other organisms inhabiting the world. It's hard to be so passionate about something only to have others shame and mock you for such a profound change you are making in your own life and in society.

You are bound to get some very negatives comments no matter what approach you take. You are bound to get some hostility for your choice not to take place in animal exploitation. These subjects make people very uncomfortable. It forces people to look inside themselves and ask "Is this (eating/using animals) really ethical and just?". And for a lot of those folks the angry and antagonistic retorts are a display of just how uncomfortable your lifestyle makes them when thinking about their own.

Regardless of what bumps and hurdles you go through just know that the decision you are making is a sincere change for yourself and the world. You are making yourself better, even if you are offending omnivores along the way.

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  1. Jessicals
    Another great post!!!!
  2. The Hungry Hungry Herbivore
    Thank you:)
  3. dianabart
    Absolutely LOVE this post... will be following you!
    1. The Hungry Hungry Herbivore
      Thank you so much for your support!!
  4. Lindsay PLB
    I completely agree with you - love this!!
    1. The Hungry Hungry Herbivore
      Thank you:)
  5. Rob  Rubin
    Rob Rubin
    It was hard for us at first. Our families didn't know how to cook for us and we often had to bring our own foods. Eventually they warmed up to us and even tried some of the stuff we made.
    1. The Hungry Hungry Herbivore
      That's great Rob!! Most of our family and friends have come to support us and many are now following our example and leading vegetarian and vegan lifestyles! Thanks for reading;)
  6. Whitney Metz
    Whitney Metz
    This was great! Thank you.
  7. Vegan Fur Ninja
    I'm still trying to figure out where all these angry omnis are. I've been vegan for nearly 8 years and I've never had to deal with negativity from my significant other, friends or family. And I'm the only vegan I know in real life. Also, there is no "perfect" vegan. If you even drive a car (with or without leather interior) you were still complicit in both human and animal suffering in the purchase of that vehicle. Not to mention your house, computer, cell phone....the list goes on and on. I'm tired of self-righteous vegans. Unless you're going to live off the land with no electricity in a mud hut somewhere, you are not 100% vegan. Accept that that's the way it is and do the best you can. Don't judge others because we (for the most part) are all good people who are doing the best we can. My best might be different from your best but that's ok. I have a feeling it's the smug self-righteousness that makes these omnivores so offended with the majority of us rather than our diet in and of itself, and that's probably why I've never had to deal with it. Because my veganism does not make me a self-important jerk. I'm imperfect; so are you; so is everyone. Do your best and live at peace - not just with the animals but with the humans around you as well. Trust me.


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