Judgmental vegans get a lot of hate, or should I say they get a lot of judgment.
Everyone loves to bash them, even fellow vegans. After all people who bash deserve to be bashed, right?
“But you don’t get it, veganism is supposed to be about compassion towards animals. Humans are animals too. You’re an hypocrite.”
“You attract more bees with honey.”
“I can’t label myself as a vegan because of those stupid judgmental vegans. I don’t want to be associated with them.”
“I’d go vegan but the vegan community is so hostile, it’s a turn off.”
I could go on and on. You’ve probably either read, heard or said any or all of these.
I should put a disclaimer.
I don’t fit the stereotype of the judgmental vegan.
However, I was inspired to become vegan by a judgmental vegan and I ultimately became vegan because I judged myself.
What is a judgmental vegan anyway?
Let’s break it down.
Judgmental: Tending to judge people too quickly and critically (Merriam-Webster)
Vegan: Someone who practices veganism which is, according to The Vegan Society
“A philosophy and 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; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”
In short, it is someone who judges critically anyone that doesn’t practice veganism.
Judging critically doesn’t sound nice.
Yet, I believe that it is necessary.
This may come as a surprise.
After all, those who know me know that:
1- I hate confrontation
2- I hate people who push their personal beliefs on me
3- I am extremely calm and peaceful
I value personal freedom of choice. I also value harmony and wish to maintain good relationships with the meat-eaters in my life that I love dearly.
I love judgmental vegans.
Let me explain why I think they deserve some love. Maybe you’ll learn to love them too.
Or at least start to understand these loathsome creatures.
Murder, rape, torture, assault, battery. All are violent crimes you can go to jail for. And even die for in some places.
They are also not always wrong. In fact, it can be a personal choice to commit a violent crime. A choice that should be respected.
If someone said that about humans, they’d be considered a sociopath.
However, to most people and even other vegans, the same violent crimes committed become a personal choice when it doesn’t apply to humans.
Judgmental vegans don’t want to let people exercise their personal choice of murdering beings.
“But you’re so judgmental. Don’t make me feel like I’m a murderer because I eat meat”
I legitimately read that somewhere.
Some people are most definitely in jail right now because they paid someone to kill their significant other, their boss or their life-long enemy.
Are these people murderers or not? They didn’t kill anyone…
I’ll let you judge.
Are we humans pushing our personal beliefs on murderers and rapists?
Some people do believe they are entitled to kill and rape.
Shouldn’t we respect that?
After all, there is no right or wrong. (This one is often said)
We should be compassionate towards all humans.
Yet, we do push our beliefs on people that commit crimes. We’ve built an entire system meant to control and punish them. Even to kill them.
As humans, we’ve decided that some things are indeed wrong.
We’ve also decided that those same things are also right.
Judgmental vegans are not doing anything new. They’re only applying existing beliefs to all species and they want you to do the same.
Respecting and watching passively others participating in the oppression of a group for which you are fighting for the rights doesn’t make sense.
It doesn’t make sense for feminism. It doesn’t make sense for racism.
Yet it is asked of us vegans.
Would you think a feminist is judgmental for lashing out to the man who grabbed her butt?
After all, wasn’t it his personal choice to grab her butt?
Are black people judgmental for speaking out against racist jokes?
After all, we have freedom of speech.
“Judgmental” vegans are the only people criticized by their own group fighting for the end of oppression for doing just that -fighting oppression-
You may say that the above comparisons are not valid. You can’t compare apples with oranges.
I will tell you this. Why not?
They’re both fruits.
Humans are animals too. Indeed they are.
What is your take on judgmental vegans? Do you still hate them with a fiery passion or will you tolerate them from now on?
*Remember no one is evil and no one is implying that you are. Certainly not me. (Read my article on being evil)