I’m a member of several vegan Facebook groups and someone asked the question ‘is water vegan?’. (*Spoiler Alert* it’s not).
Normally in these groups people ask and share all kinds of tips about great vegan food or products they’ve found. These groups are mostly supportive places to be but you can see some quite nasty (some cases abusive) conversations when things like honey or palm oil are mentioned. ‘Level 10’ vegans as they’re known will quickly dismiss anyone who doesn’t follow their own standards. Some vegan Facebook groups have even added pinned posts banning honey and palm oil from being discussed as it causes so much aggression.
So, back to my ‘is water vegan?’ moment. Do you think this person was respected, guided and supported? No they were quickly ridiculed. What they were actually asking was about the fluoride that gets put into the water supply. What is it made of and is it vegan? A quick google on this comes up with all kinds of frightening answers. So it was a legitimate concern for this person who was questioning what the heck this stuff is that they’re drinking.
It’s such a shame that when someone makes the decision to go vegan there can be more experienced vegans (the ‘Level 10’s’) who tell them they are not vegan enough. In my opinion I welcome any step towards a more plant-based lifestyle. Each step leads to the next. Meat Free Monday, Veganuary, Vegan Meal Swap Challenge are all ways of making the connection.
So once you have cut out all meat, dairy, honey, wool, silk, leather out you’re a vegan right? Don’t let anyone else dictate your journey. Personally I wouldn’t attend events that use animals as entertainment such as a circus, dog racing or horse racing. However I may attend an animal sanctuary such as Monkey World. What reaction would this get from the ‘Level 10’s’? I am quite open to learning and new ideas but I wouldn’t let a Level 10 bashing sway me.
The Vegan Society define veganism as:
“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”
So this means if you need a particular medicine you should take it. If you slip up and eat a non-vegan item try not to be too hard on yourself. You are trying and you are making a huge difference. Just by doing what you do people around you are noticing and this is a very gentle form of activism. Everyone who becomes vegan had a light bulb moment. Before that they were not making the connection that we do not need meat or dairy to live happier, healthy (healthier!) lives. So try to be kind and remember how you used to feel and think. Guide and be a positive source of inspiration, don’t be a ‘level 10’.
I dread to think how many times my water has been through another human, dog, cow, chipmunk or dinosaur. You Are Drinking Dinosaur Pee Every Day: Here’s Why
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