Vegan hostility not necessary

Teagan Harris, Sports Editor

by Teagan Harris

   Veganism has been a practice for as long as humans have been around. Whether it is for personal preference, for environmental good, or for religious purposes, it has always been there.

   However, as its popularity among both young and old alike has risen significantly, discourse has shown its face.

   There are a lot of big creators, especially on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, who push veganism to the extreme. One such popular creator is Miss Kadie, a.k.a. “The Vegan Teacher.” Miss Kadie uses strong language and harsh words to “encourage” her viewers to go vegan.

   She has even gone so far in many instances to where she has shamed specific religions for their eating of meat and use of animals as sacred beings. The argument concerning these religions is ultimately new statistics against ancient knowledge that has been taught for centuries.

   Most of these practices are humane and actually do less harm to animals than our meat factories do, so is it really okay to be attacking beliefs rather than real issues we have with animal abuse today?

   People are so quick to judge religions they are not educated on rather than looking at their own faults.

   Of course, not all vegans are rude and pushy.

   There is, without a doubt, a vegan/vegetarian community that genuinely wants to help animals and the ecosystem without putting other people down. This includes encouraging people to partake in days like Meatless Mondays, or to do research on which meat companies are humane and which ones are not.

   This is important, as there are hundreds of abusive and harmful factories and meat farms. These factories are more times than not very damaging to the environment and contribute to tons of land, water, and air pollution.

   Not everyone has the choice to completely cut out meat products, though. Going vegan can be expensive and almost unattainable for people who don’t have the money to afford good, fulfilling protein substitutes.

   Meat is a huge part of people’s cultures. Veganism was brought to Indigenous groups when America was being settled by white men as a form of colonization.

   Even worse that, though, is the fact that many people shame people of color for not eating meat; Muslims get terrorized and harassed for not having pork in their diet, as if that is anyone else’s business.

   If you are vegan, good for you. It’s a big step to cut meat out of your diet, and as long as you’re healthy, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. Just don’t be disrespectful to those who don’t.