My first reaction to Dirty Rotten Vegan Cheaters by Annie Hartnett was positive. I can appreciate other vegans encouraging other vegans- especially if they fall off of the “vegan wagon” so to speak. Annie’s point is that you’ll “slip up” in your journey to be vegan. Okay, I agree. I’ve been vegan for more than 5 years now and I still make mistakes. I simply learn from them and more on.
But then I came across this:
And I don’t miss the way I ate before veganism, but I cheat when I’m careless or lazy. Vegan food isn’t always readily available.
Annie implies that it’s okay to choose to eat animal products every once in awhile. That, if you do, you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it- just move on.
Let me ask you, would you want me to careless or lazy with your life?
Then why is it acceptable to be careless or lazy with someone else’s?
And please, don’t give me any BS that vegan food isn’t “readily available.” Since when is it hard to find an apple or a banana? They sell them at freaking gas stations these days. Brown rice and dried beans, just to name a few, can be found at (icky) Walmart. It’s not rocket science to know that whole foods like these are readily available to most people, even college students.
Am I getting worked up over nothing? Annie might be a vegan, she does advocate for animals- all of that is a good thing. But, as a vegan, why give the impression to non-vegans that it’s fine to be lazy or careless? Doesn’t that go against what real veganism is?
Can you still be a vegan if you are careless and lazy? Or does that make you a flexitarian with a heavier emphasis on vegan foods?
Or, am I just being a pissy vegan? Chime in, I’d love to know what you think.