After scrolling down some of the comment sections of vegan youtubers ( Freelee in particular) and doing a quick internet search I’ve noticed a little bit of hating from vegans directed towards meat eaters.
I admit it’s frustrating. I can’t help feeling a little disgusted when I walk past a KFC and see people chomping down on buckets of chicken but I don’t think we should hate them. I don’t condone eating meat but is hating on that person really going to be effective?
People don’t respond well to negativity. If I start screaming at people to put down that beef burger are they going to listen? I cant make someone go vegetarian or vegan but I can help educate them and promote animal awareness.
My family for example are all meat eaters, and I grew up eating the same kind of way. Although I haven’t completely converted them they are now actively reducing their meat intake and completely avoiding anything containing rennet. A small difference but still a little accomplishment. Even triggering a small change in someone can be a small step in eliminating their consumption of animal products completely.
I’ve asked meat eaters many of times, if you had to kill your own food would you still eat meat? The answer is almost always no. People turn a blind eye to the suffering of animals or choose to be ignorant but I reckon a lot of people would change their mind if they realised what truly happens within the meat and dairy industry. Spread the word, educate people, promote awareness and show them that cutting out meat isn’t as hard as they may believe and they can still enjoy food.
Bully tactics, shaming and hateful words won’t make people change. If anything it just gives a bad name to vegans and vegetarians and it could potentially put people off being associated with that label.
You won’t always be successful, some people won’t change their ways no matter what you do and say but it’s worth knowing you’ve tried.