Thursday, February 5, 2009
The Vegan Police
Dealing with the vegan police.
Most people who patrol the vegan borders aren't even vegan. They act like it's impossible to be truly vegan and they look for any way to make vegans seem like hypocrites.
The reality is that they're often ignorant and don't even know about things like vegan shoes, vegan make-up, or other vegan alternatives to animal products. (See below for some links to vegan stores.)
The definition of vegan:
"A vegan is someone who tries to live without exploiting animals, for the benefit of animals, people and the planet. Vegans eat a plant-based diet, with nothing coming from animals - no meat, milk, eggs or honey, for example. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose."
source: The Vegan Society (the ones who invented the word 'vegan')
See that word "TRIES"? It's not about perfection, it's not about purity, it's about doing as much as you can.
Veganism is about DOING GOOD. It's about avoiding animal products as much as possible for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment. It's not about the vegan police.
"the issue for thoughtful, compassionate people isn't, 'Is this vegan?' Rather, the important question is: 'Which choice leads to less suffering?' Our guide shouldn't be an endless list of ingredients, but rather doing our absolute best to stop cruelty to animals."
Here are some resources to find vegan goods:
And here are some shopping guides:
PS: Here's an excellent informational podcast about leather:
Here's some info about leather: