Is ‘going vegan’ really easy to do, or is it only a luxury of the priveledged?
The supposed ease of being able to adopt a vegan lifestyle is touted almost as the primary reason for doing it.
Yet, is it really easy to go vegan or is it only easy with privilege?
Take for example a few comments by a self proclaimed vegan identity. This individual gleefully boasts all over facebook about the abuse that they level at those who are still consuming animal products whilst out and about. Yet this person’s partner and pet weren’t ‘vegan’.
How easy is it really?
The truth of the matter is that unless you are a single person earning a relatively modest income, there is a good chance you may struggle with it.
I remember way back in the old days when I was vegan I drove trucks for a living, and one of the jobs that I had was working for a seafood company. I literally spent my day driving tonnes and tonnes of frozen seafood around to supermarkets, restaurants, etc.
After I left that role, I did general freight for a while, and one of the regular deliveries that I had was delivering kangaroo skins to the tanner in Brisbane.
Did those two roles mean that I was no longer vegan? I am sure that there are those who would say that I was betraying the cause and I should have just quit, though it wasn’t as easy as that. Whilst I would have loved to have done that, I still had the usual obligations to contend with.
Or how about if you are a part of a family where the others don’t want to go vegan? Or how about if you are in a possesive relationship where the dominant partner decides what the meals are going to be and you aren’t able to make something separate?
Or what about the same person who has to feed their family when veggie sausages $5.83 for 8, yet homebrand beef sausages are $7.00 for 21.
I am sure there are those who are saying that it is easy to just go without ‘sausages’ or ‘burgers’, though that isn’t really the point here. If someone is new to being vegan, and doesn’t have that compelling reason, then it may just be easier for them to go back to consuming animal products because it is cheaper and easier.
Then the new vegan has to consider the challenge that they will face in having to read the labels on all the products that they intend to use. For some, this can be a daunting task that can be even more difficult if the only chance they get to read labels is at the supermarket whilst shopping.
All this is without even going into the difficulties someone will face if they have a pet, live in another country, or their peer group isn’t ‘on board’ with their decision.
[GARD]Whilst running around telling everyone going vegan is easy, and putting up catchy memes to reinforce it may get these ‘gurus’ followers to keep promoting their misleading statements, it may not do us any good in the long run. I think it is time that if we truly want veganism to be widely accepted that we stopped making false promises and sugar coating things in an attempt to lure people in. If we don’t, and the newbie finds that things aren’t exactly like they were in the brochure, they are less likely to stick with it into the future.
What do you think?
Should we continue to sugar coat the reality of going vegan, or tell it like it is?
This article was written by the founder of VeganPolice.com.au, Cameron Blewett.
Cameron is a long term vegan (30+yrs), and is passionate about veganism, and helping people to understand more about it and giving other animals equal consideration.
You can find Cameron’s other rants on his website, CameronBlewett.blog