*NB: I have vegan friends whom I love dearly and whose personal principles and ethics I respect. Otherwise we wouldn’t be friends. This is not about individuals, it’s about informed decision-making and staying off high horses.
So I know several vegans who keep cats and dogs. And I’ve always thought to myself… 🤔
Because generally, vegans love to rant about meat-eating, meanwhile… 🤔
And then there’s the fact that I know (because I asked) that vets know that cats will often die prematurely from sustained attempts to turn them vegan, and that vegans will pay for every consultation until then…
Here’s where I get confused: vegans wanna harass Bab’ uMkhize, a communal farmer, for taking his grass-fed free-range cattle to the abattoir, and then harass and judge me for buying the meat meanwhile they finna pay premium rand for imported plant-based GMO-free cat-food and still talk to me about carbon emissions? Make me understand, please.
Another question I have: local vegans and Beyond Burgers. Beyond Meat is a US-based company that produces plant-based GMO-free meat-substitutes. Beyond Meat products are available locally and the Beyond Burger is especially popular ever since it was first introduced in SA around 2017/2018. Beyond Meat is produced in the US and distributed in Africa by Infinite Foods. Where are your ethics, vegan, your principles, your concern about the environment and dedication to reducing your carbon footprint when you buy a Beyond Burger? I know I’d do a lot for the perfect, juicy burger, but aren’t vegans better than all of us? I mean, to hear some of them talk…
So how does it make any kind of sense for these warriors for the environment to import burgers? Not medication, not books to educate the rest of us troglodytes and philistines, not technology for sustainable food production practises, but burgers?
My conclusion is that just because someone is vegan doesn’t mean they adhere to any or all of the principles generally associated with veganism as a movement. Correct me if I’m wrong, but vegans are human too and as imperfect as the rest of us. Right? Although to hear some of them tell it…
If I was a vegan and spouting all the stuff vegans spout (thank Goddess none of my vegan friends ever spout), I wouldn’t keep a cat. I would never encourage the incarceration of a living creature just so I have a carnivorous warm&fuzzy to keep me company. Because that would be wrong. And weird. But unless your pet is a guard-dog I probably think you’re weird anyway so, yeah.
If I was a vegan and also an activist for the environment as most claim to be, I would boycott not just animal products but also all imported goods except the absolutely essential, because hello, principles that I don’t forget when it’s convenient (or delicious) to do so.
If I was a vegan I’d also make a whole lot more noise about why Woolies (which I would love because you know, it’s Woolies) sells packaged avocados. Avocados. In styrofoam and plastic. I’m not even vegan and I posted on the Woolies fb page about this. Someone told me to cut them some slack because they’re trying. Really??? How hard is it to not wrap avos?
How much do you really care if you’re buying Woolies avos? I love avos as much as the next person (unless that person is my son who says avo tastes like Vaseline), but I will never buy packaged avo.
Fam, if I was a vegan I’d put my money where my mouth is. I would buy local, support cottage industry, and eat only what my environment can sustainably produce, even if that means possibly dying without ever tasting a Beyond Burger. The Beyond Burger thing bugs me even more than the cat thing because if you had a cat and then went vegan what could you do? But importing vegan burgers? The same people who judge the rest of us for eating meat even when we try to buy responsibly??? How, Sway?
Vegans eat exotic foods (if it’s imported it’s exotic, even if it’s ‘only’ a Kenyan avo) and then they wanna get on their high horses and look down on the rest of us because we – supposedly unlike them – don’t care about the environment.
I don’t know where, when or how vegans lost their common sense. Might be a side-effect of all the amino-acid deficiencies (I kid, I kid), but if they really cared about the environment surely they’d agree it’s better to buy chops in Heidelberg than a burger flown in from the US?
And don’t even get me started on almond milk. Litre for litre and everything being equal, cow’s milk costs the environment more than almond milk. But factor in that almond farms use pesticides that are causing irreversible damage to the soil and impacting water supply, and that the milk is flown to you most likely from California – suddenly it’s not so straight-forward anymore. Correct me of I’m wrong but the vegan choice isn’t always better.
And vegan skin products? I will respect a vegan who gets her soap, shampoo, makeup or whatever from local suppliers who use locally available ingredients. Especially if those suppliers also use sustainable production methods. But if you make a trip to FreshEarth every month to get that Europe or US-produced lipbalm and face cream – I’m judging you. Hard. And you will never convince me about veganism while you’re making all of these hypocritical decisions about what to eat and put on your skin and etc etc. How’s that dissonance feel, hmm?
And as for buying bottled water? As for buying imported bottled water?
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against vegans or veganism, I just get confused when talk doesn’t match walk. I’ve toyed with the idea myself a couple of times but out of respect for my ancestors it’s unlikely that I’ll give up meat completely and forever. Cut down consumption, yes. Buy/farm responsibly, yes. Eliminate totally? Not without divine intervention.
And then there’s an issue I’ve pondered often but am yet to address directly, even with vegans in my circles: I have NEVER seen or heard any vegan ever talk about the rights and welfare of farm workers. Not once. Not ever. So I wanna know: do vegans really not give a damn about people?