I have been vegan for about a year now, and I am certainly NOT the "preachy, self-righteous holier-than-thou" stereotype that many meat-eaters attribute vegans and vegetarians to. However, it seems that whenever meat-eaters find out I'm a vegan, they'll immediately start attacking my lifestyle; and for this it's hard not to get angry, even if they're family or friends. They'll immediately start telling me that veganism is 'unhealthy' and 'unnecessary', saying that animals are inferior to humans and therefore deserve to suffer and die etc etc. I'm so sick of hearing this EVERY TIME I encounter a meat-eater. Is there any way that I can handle these people? And if any of you have found a way to speak to meat-eaters, how do you go about it?
Most Helpful Guy
If they're the ones attacking you, just defend yourself. They say it's healthy, ask them how? Ask them to back up what they say. Typical arguments would be lack of protein, absolute trash. If they say animals are inferior to humans, tell them humans are animals. Or just tell them to watch vegan gains and let him get angry for you. I don't know it's hard to not get worked up when people attack something you care about and typically the ones that attack you are the ones that feel threatened that you're doing something better than them.1
Most Helpful Girl
For this reason, I try not to bring attention to the fact that I'm vegan. I can definitely relate to this and it sucks. If they bring it up in a rude way, then I think it's absolutely okay to defend yourself and state facts (calmly). It's probably more effective to use health facts, rather than talk about the cruelty that goes on in the meat and dairy industries.
For example, I always get, "BUT WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN FROM?" I tell them you can get all the protein you need from plant-based foods, such as spinach, brocoli, kale, black beans, and lentils.
Ultimately, I just try to emphasize that I feel great on this lifestyle and leave it at that.1
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