You keep on being a vegan, but don't push your lifestyle on the rest of us. I won't tell you to eat meat, deal?
If I had a nickel every time I heard this.
I don't consider myself a vegan, but I eat a plant based diet. The amount of times I say something like, "oh no I don't eat dairy" and someone comes back, "Oh right, because you're a vegan" is astounding. It's a question I deal with on a nearly daily basis combined with "where do you get your protein".
Nobody gave a shit about my diet until I stopped eating animal products.
Conversely, in my 29 years of eating meat, I never once heard someone say, "dude you should be a vegan" and I never felt obligated to try a different diet.
I think you're also falsely assuming that people eat vegan diets because of lifestyle, morals or animal welfare. I can confidently say that of all the people i know that eat a similar diet to myself, not one of us gives a shit about animal welfare. I came from a place of open-mindedness and education. I made small incremental changes, testing along the way, and looking at the reasoning and biological mechanisms regarding "why" a plant based diet helps eliminate or delay the onset of most "western" diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. On a personal note after 10 years of moderate/severe crohn's disease I have finally achieved remission, including mucosal healing of my gut lining, which can only be attributed to the increased fiber, short chain fatty acids and butyrate producing bacteria in my gut.
I get it though. If you're Canadian or American (or a lot of other nations) you live in a free country. Land of the free, glorious and free. Do what you want no matter what anyone says attitude. It's what makes North America awesome, Europe OK and Asia terrible. At some point, though, your tax dollars are feeding into the healthcare system and the trillions of dollars used to treat illnesses that are very preventable is astounding. As a citizen, I view it as my obligation to ensure that my individual value as a citizen is maximized and further to that point that my tax dollars are being spent responsibly. When reports like this come out and suggest that eating meat is better for the environment or better for individual health and I see comments like, "I wish vegans wouldn't be so pushy" it offends me as a citizen because it means that there are other citizens that are blatantly rejecting scientific data, are selfish enough to ignore it and are ignorant enough to dismiss it. The day when humans decide they no longer want to learn and be educated is the day we might as well just drop the meteor back on us and let another species have a kick at this ball.
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