Give pea(eaters) a chance!

So I have been a vegetarian for about a year and a half now and I can honestly say I have not once shoved that in anyone else’s face and told them that they too should stop eating meat. As much as I wish everyone would stop eating meat I know that this is not only unrealistic but shouting at someone to cut out the chicken isn’t going to work. One thing I have noticed, however, is the amount of stick vegetarians and vegans get themselves. Honestly all you have to do is tell someone you want to stop eating animal products and BAM they suddenly become a nutritional expert telling you how you need to eat meat for protein and you can’t possibly get enough calcium without drinking milk. Yet they will have no problem with you stuffing your gob with the processed mystery meat from KFC, which undoubtedly is far more dangerous to your health. 

The reason this reaction irritates me so much is because pushing their eating habits onto others is what so many people think vegetarians and vegans do, when in reality it’s quite the opposite. I can guarantee more veggies get stick for being veggie than meat eaters do for eating meat. A great example of this can be seen on vegansidekick.com a website of cartoons which exaggerate the comments vegan and vegetarians get everyday. It is a great way to explain to people what it’s like being vegan and how ridiculous so many arguments against veganism are. 

I know that some vegetarians and vegans do campaign hard for what they believe in and (I am probably bias) but to me, that’s cool. You see most of the time they take an advisory position, explaining the pros of not eating meat rather than aggressively going around with a megaphone shouting at people walking into KFC. Meat eaters, on the other hand, seem to have a far more aggressive reaction to vegetarians and vegans, telling them that they are wrong for not eating meat, rather than an ‘it would be better if you did eat meat and here’s why’ type of response that vegetarians have. 

The bottom line is that vegetarians and vegans get a lot of hate they do not deserve when, at the end of the day, their dietary decisions are doing more to save this beautiful planet than yours probably are. Like a vegetable loving superhero.

Enjoy your day,

Niamh

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