Look, a vegan!!
A friend posted on facebook that he was trying a vegan diet. One of his friends commented:
Dude!! Tell me u r not going vegan!!! First of all as a Texan, that makes u a disgrace. Secondly, go online and in real life and look at vegans. Have u really seen any that look “healthy”?!?! Our teeth r meant for meat and veggies, not just veggies!! ;)
Now, I was vegan for 4 years, and have been a vegetarian for 12. If anyone is looking to build a vegetarian/vegan line-up to see how incredibly weak we are, let me know. I’m available, and I can pick up a fridge.
What really surprises me about this is insinuating that vegans are a rare breed, like Big Foot. “Look up the Loch Ness monster on the internet!” “Look up what gays are on the internet!” “Look up what redheads are on the internet!”
This friend and I live in NYC. Everyone’s around you. Every opinion, lifestyle… to think you’d have to look anything “up” is insanity. Vegans aren’t lying on our bedroom floors, too tired to get up. We actually participate in society, just like pediatricians, drug lords, teachers, chimney sweeps, dummies. (Wait, they all could be vegan, too!)
Finally, this guy has no idea why people go vegetarian or vegan. In some cases it’s for medical reasons. Sometimes, it’s for environmental concerns. Sometimes people just don’t want to eat a carcass. To insinuate that makes someone a “disgrace…” Well, I don’t even have to comment on that.
Now, I know I’m being a voyeur into two friend’s conversation, albeit it a public conversation, but that’s not an isolated sentiment. I’ve heard it too many times, and it’s just dumb.