VEGANISM IN A NON-VEGAN SOCIETY

Shops are becoming more and more stocked with vegan products, and restaurants are trying to add as many vegan dishes as possible to attract more and more vegans to our places. We find loads of vegan recipes and tips online that give all kitchen enthusiasts new challenges. For many people, these things help a lot in the transition, because suddenly it is no longer impossible to find a vegan restaurant, or at least a restaurant with a vegan offer. even lifestyle, as diet is only one part of a vegan life.

However, with this increase, we occasionally witness various conflicts in society. Journalists are very happy to report on this or that protest, especially if it is the occupation of a farm in the middle of Ljubljana or a protest rally in front of a delicacy in a shopping center. While reporting on veganism is good in principle, in these incidents I always wonder if such acts are good for the whole movement in the long run or not. Far from claiming that I disagree with the argument put forward by the protesters, I also admire their courage to dare to expose themselves in this way. I must say, however, that I have not yet met a vegan who would say that he opted for veganism because he witnessed such a protest. Maybe there really is one, but there is certainly a much higher proportion of those who saw the whole thing as a personal attack on their way of life. As a result, these people come to know veganism as something that is directed against them, and you need to have a lot of luck in the debate with such a person, because for them the matter is decided. Unfortunately, the media mostly only covers such things, and you rarely hear stories about the positive aspects of veganism. In most cases, when the topic of conversation is vegan, sooner or later questions arise about this or that protest, because people who do not know much about veganism do not know anything else. If I were to express support for the occupation of farms in such a situation, the conversation would be over immediately, and all my arguments already stated would be null and void. By doing so, veganism is placed on the fringes of society and shows people a picture of incompatibility.

Our task, in my opinion, should be to promote a vegan lifestyle by example. And that must include respect for fellow human beings. Who am I to accuse someone of being a bad person because he lives a life like he was taught from a young age and veganism is unknown and foreign to him? Such things should be dealt with systemically, which unfortunately requires political will. This political will will be hard to find if public opinion on veganism is negative, as there is no heroic politician who would risk his electoral base in order to support such a group.

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