No One Said Veganism Was All Or Nothing

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Photo Credit: Gardo via Compfight cc

What are your thought’s on veganism?

Do you think it is an all or nothing lifestyle, where personal purity is the holy grail of veganism?

Personally, I didn’t think it is.

Yet, there are those who can only be described as anti-vegan who push this are their main excuse for dismissing veganism.

Straw Man Fallacy

Merriam Webster defines a straw man as:

a weak or imaginary opposition (as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted

No one has ever said that anyone had to be 100% vegan to actually be vegan.

So why do the strategic vegans claim that this is what veganism is about?

The only answer I can find is laziness.

By using the straw man fallacy, they are able to justify their own version of animal exploitation.

Purity Isn’t What Matters

The anti-vegans claim that current vegans are only interested in the purity of other vegans. If that purity isn’t at 100% then there is no way that someone could call themselves a vegan.

Once again this is nothing more than a bold face lie.

Once again, veganism is defined as:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

How the vegan-ish get a purity contest out of this definition is beyond me.

For example, drinking wine that has been fined using isinglass isn’t vegan.

The consumption of wine is a choice. Drinking that particular wine is also a choice. The individual has made a choice to satisfy their own palate, over avoiding their complicity in the exploitation of other animals.

Then again, how about if my son wants to play football in a few years time?

I know that currently the AFL have only approved a leather football as being match grade.

Would I stop my son playing football?

Definitely not.

Would I buy him leather boots and ball?

If that was the only option available, I may. Though I would be feeling uneasy about it.

The same way that I felt uneasy about wearing leather safety boots because there weren’t any suitable alternatives.

Why Does Veganism Upset Them?

For the vegan-ish, things are all about their level of social acceptance.

They don’t want to make choices that will impact the standing they have within their own social group. How reading the label on a wine bottle will make someone a social pariah is beyond me.

This is why they will find any reason, no matter how flimsy, to continue consuming animal (by)products.

It seems as if when they talk in public, they are all about minimising rights violations for other animals, yet when it comes to the choices they make themselves, it is a matter of convenience.

If it is convenient for them to choose a non-vegan product, they will.

What Can You Do?

Have no fear, all is not lost just yet.

It is possible to hold these people accountable for the rights violations they choose to ignore.

Do not fall for their click bait blog posts.

Do not sit quietly in their talks while they sell you ways and reasons why veganism should be watered down. Leave the presentation a few minutes after it has started, and make a point of not leaving quietly.

You can start your own blog and write about what veganism is about. (if you don’t have a blog of your own, is a good place to find your voice)

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What are your thoughts?