We vegans have heard it before. These reactions sometimes come of insightful, and yet there are comments that are just irksome to even think of. I’ve been a vegan for only 4 months, but I’ve already had my share of “talk” from family and friends who don’t understand the movement. Here are 5 of the rather laughable comments I’ve heard when I say “I’m Vegan.”
I am not adding “Where do you get your protein?”
REACTION 1: You’re missing a lot of steak and pork chops.
Truth be told, when I was still a full meat-eater, I never really enjoyed the taste of beef on my tongue. And I rarely ate pork chops. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything if I stopped eating those kinds of “food.”
REACTION 2: But the Bible says…
“And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like an ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.” —Isaiah 65:25
“It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” —Romans 14:21
“But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”—Genesis 9:4
“Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it” —Proverbs 15:17
REACTION 3: I can’t be vegan because…
Hey, I never said you should go vegan like me. It was my choice, and this is my discipline. It’s a fun lifestyle because I get to discover a creative side of mine that isn’t wasteful, guilty, and bloody. And, to be honest, it’s not that you can’t go vegan, but you won’t. Big difference between those two. What’s stopping you is an answer you know yourself.
REACTION 4: Veganism is a totally strict and expensive lifestyle I can’t even
Please see reaction 3 for my counterargument.
REACTION 5: I want to go vegan, how can you help me?
Join Manila Vegans or your local vegan group on Facebook to get all the help you need. For more vegan help, just keep tabs on my blog every Wednesday (which is Vegday for me).