Are all vegans pushy and judgmental?

I am not a vegan, I’m not even a vegetarian, even though I do follow a mostly vegetarian diet. But I have vegan friends and I also know some very nice people who are vegan. Just like I know some very judgmental people who are vegan. 

However, I have been getting more and more the feeling that there is a growing group of vegans who are extremely judgmental, pushy and sometimes downright mean. So let’s talk about it because this needs to be addressed!

Do you have to be vegan to love animals?

Earlier this week, I posted a photograph on my Instagram with me and a cat who lives at my mother-in-law’s farm. In my caption, I used the hashtag #animallover. I regularly use this hashtag, because I love animals. And then something I really wasn’t expecting happened: a vegan shamed me on the commentaries. 

This person commented on my picture with “I thought you eat animals?“. I have to admit I didn’t immediately understand what she meant by that, so I asked her to elaborate. She proceeded by claiming she was “confused”. Other photos of mine suggested I eat animals, yet I was stating I “love” them.

By then I was aware this person was a vegan and I could have gotten defensive or started a fight. But I decided to have an educated discussion with her and said that eating meat doesn’t mean I cannot like animals. She proceeded by telling me that it does and said I should watch some documentaries in order to “educate” myself on the cruelty I am paying to be inflicted on the animals I “love”. Before insinuating I am a hypocrite and a bad person for eating meat. 

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Are vegan diets better than others?

My honest opinion is that everyone is capable to decide by themselves what diet they want to follow. Yes, I am aware there are animals kept in horrid conditions. Some of them solely with the purpose to be eaten. I know there are chickens who never saw the light of day and live in crowded cages. But I also know where the meat I buy comes from. 

I live in Austria and this is a country that values biological food and their animals. When I go to buy meat in the supermarket, I have a choice of getting Austrian meat or from somewhere else. If I get the Austrian meat, I know where it comes from. Because the farmer’s name is stated. I know the cows or chickens or pigs grew up in farms, running free. Heck, my brother in law owns a pig farm and his pigs have it better than a lot of people I know! Same with my mother in law, who lives in a cow’s farm. Those cows get good food and while they produce milk, it is done in the less invasive way possible. 

There are a lot of arguments why one should follow a vegan diet. Or a vegetarian diet. Or a paleo diet. Every diet out there comes with arguments stating why it is the best diet to follow. There are medical articles defending every single one of those diets. Ultimately, it is our choice to decide what and how we want to eat. 

Personally, I believe in a balanced diet. That is my belief, my own opinion. I don’t think that me eating a beef steak or chicken breast makes me a bad person. Or that I cannot love animals because of that!

Are vegans better people for not eating meat?

I would never buy meat from a place I knew treated their animals badly! But if I have to be honest, I didn’t care until 3 years ago. Partly because I hardly ever cooked meat at home. Mostly because I had never given it another thought. But my boyfriend does and always did. He looks at the labels, buys what is produced locally. Whether it is meat or not. I thought every meat you buy in the supermarket came from those horrible farms. Because that is what those documentaries teach you, the bad things. Only the bad things. They are made and edited in order to shock the viewer. Have you ever seen a documentary about animals being treated well before being eaten? There are farmers who kill their animals in the most humane way they can because they value the animals! 

Some omnivores are the best people you could ever meet. And some vegans are the worst people out there. The other way around applies just as well. I know vegans who preach about not eating meat but don’t recycle. Who take long showers and use cosmetics that test in animals, because they aren’t eating them or simply don’t know. Some omnivores always have a fabric bag with them for groceries. And some vegans always buy the plastic bags. Some vegans buy a new water bottle everytime they want water. And some omnivores have a steel or glass bottle with them at all times. 

It’s not just about what you eat, it’s about how you live your overall life. Did you know some scientists defend that if everyone stopped eating meat, humans would get extinct? No, not because we need meat to survive. But because there would be too many animals and not enough space for both. Animals would ultimately take the territory where humans live now. That’s just one theory, one school of thought. 

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Vegans and omnivores need to be nicer to one another

Being a vegan does not make you a better person. It does not even make you a good person. Eating meat does not mean you don’t love animals. There is space for both! The world is big enough for both to exist and, most importantly, co-exist. Not all vegans are pushy, not all vegans judge omnivores.

But there is a very large group of vegans who shame those who don’t follow their ideas. And they should stop! I understand they may be newly converted and are passionate about it. That some of them don’t mean to be mean or come across as judgmental. And if you are a vegan who does this, think about it. You weren’t born a vegan! Chances are, you ate a meat-based diet for most of your life. And enjoyed it! Maybe you loved meat above everything. And maybe you are proud and want to show the world your changes you made in your life. Maybe meat eaters see you as pushy when all you want to do is help. But you are not inside someone else’s head. You don’t know what they are dealing with, what they think. Just like they don’t know what you think, where you come from. 

Vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, paleo-dieters…whatever diet you follow, respect your peers. It is NOT OK or APPROPRIATE to shame someone you don’t know, for not following your way of life. You do not have the right to tell someone they are a bad person for eating chicken. YOU don’t know if someone loves animals, is a hypocrite or what their beliefs are, based on their social media. Be nicer to one another, RESPECT one another. Is it really so hard to respect other people’s beliefs? 



  1. Beth
    16. January 2018 / 12:11 pm

    I’d love to know where I said you’re a bad person. You made that one up yourself. Please don’t say I said things that I didn’t.

    • 26. January 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Hi Beth, if you read the article you will notice I wrote “insinuate” and not “said“. To me, those are two different things and when you say you judge my beliefs and morals, then to me it’s insinuating I am not a good person. I did not mean anything bad by it, it is simply how it came across to me. I honestly believe we all need to be more tolerant with each other; with each other life choices, opinions, and beliefs. That is all I wanted to convey when I wrote this! Unfortunately, there ARE some vegans who aren’t very nice (you weren’t mean to me, I simply did not like the tone you used, which came off as judgmental) and, again, unfortunately, people tend to put certain groups into “boxes” and think that everyone is the same. I hope I didn’t offend you, it really was not my intention to do so, I was simply stating how I felt. <3

  2. 22. January 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Ach, das ist wirklich ein spannendes und schwieriges Thema, das du da ansprichst! Ich bin selbst oft im Zwiespalt mit mir, weil ich Tiere liebe und trotzdem Fleisch esse. Aber ist man deswegen per se ein schlechter Mensch? Ich denke nicht. Und ich finde, wir Menschen sollte vielleicht einfach ein wenig toleranter zueinander sein.

    Liebst, Sarah-Allegra

    • 26. January 2018 / 1:52 pm

      Eben, ich liebe auch Tiere und ich esse aber auch Fleisch. Dafür esse ich, im Vergleich mit viele Leute die ich kenne, extrem wenig Fleisch und wenn dann auch bio und von der Region. Klar, ist nicht perfekt, was ist aber denn schon? Ich finde auch wir sollten alle viel toleranter sein!

  3. 24. January 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Was für ein komplexes Thema, das du da ansprichst!

    Ich muss zugeben, ich hätte mich nicht einmal getraut, einen Artikel drüber zu schreiben – also alleine deswegen schon: Hut ab!

    Ich esse selbst ebenfalls wenig Fleisch und mache mir viel Gedanken drüber, woher die Lebensmittel kommen, die ich täglich kaufe – bei mir heißt das im Idealfall: so regional, saisonal und bio wie möglich. Und je mehr ich mich damit auseinandersetze, desto mehr muss ich feststellen, dass der Hausverstand bei manchen Dingen oft unglaublich falsch liegt – etwa bei der Klimabilanz von Obst und Gemüse, die bei Bio-Äpfeln aus Neuseeland oft besser aussieht, als bei regionalen Äpfeln, die zwar nicht eingeflogen, dafür monatelang bei künstlicher Belichtung und Temperierung gelagert wurden.

    Was mir oft auffällt, ist, dass gerade auf veganen Speisezetteln oft unglaublich viele Lebensmittel stehen, die zwar pflanzlich sind, aber einen recht problematischen Hintergrund haben: Avocados, Quinoa oder Datteln, Gojibeeren, Erdbeeren im Februar… die Liste ist endlos. Ich habe generell die Vermutung, dass eine ausgewogene vegane Ernährung im Jahreskreis nur in einer globalisierten Welt funktionieren kann – wäre man auf das angewiesen, was in Österreich wächst und gedeiht und gerade Saison hat, wäre die Sache wohl etwas einseitig.

    Trotzdem finde ich den Gedanken hinter einer ethisch motivierten veganen Ernährung einen sehr schönen – anderen Lebewesen so wenig Schaden wie möglich zuzufügen. Umso trauriger finde ich es daher auch, wenn dieser Vorsatz die eigenen Artgenossen nicht umfasst. Mir selber wurde auch schon mehr oder minder deutlich Gewalt angedroht, weil ich tierische Produkte konsumiere. Andererseits finde ich den “Veganer essen meinem Essen das Essen weg”-Stammtischhumor ebenso mehr als nur hirnlos.

    Ach, das Thema könnte wohl ganze Blogs füllen. Schön wäre es jedenfalls, wenn die (notwendige!) Diskussion über Ernährungsgewohnheiten und die Ethik des Lebensmittelkonsums oft mit ein wenig mehr gegenseitigem Respekt und konstruktiver geführt würde. Das hätten sich alle Seiten verdient.

    Liebe Grüße

    • 26. January 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Danke liebe Caro! Ich finde es einfach das wir viel toleranter sein sollen (wie die Sarah auch schon gesagt hat) und die Entscheidungen von andere Menschen respektieren sollen. Keiner ist perfekt, weder Veganer noch Fleischesser. Ich mache mir auch Gedanken wo das Essen, dass ich esse, herkommt und versuche auch immer alles regional oder bio (am besten beides) zu kaufen. Mir ist aber auch bewusst das es nicht immer möglich ist. Bis vor 3 Jahren konnte ich es mir nicht leisten bio zu kaufen oder überhaupt von der Region (die Produkte können oft teurer sein), dafür habe ich aber immer versucht Produkte aus Österreich zu kaufen. Ich mag ja auch Himbeeren oder Erdbeeren in Februar, kaufe sie aber nicht, eben weil sie öfters von einem anderen Kontinent kommen. Ich weiß zwar nicht genau was für ein Schaden es ist, bin mir aber sicher das es auf jeden Fall viel schlechter ist als ein paar Monate zu warten und die Erdbeeren vom Bauer hier in der Nähe zu kaufen – die oft auch besser schmecken! Auch vegane Gerichte können lecker sein, für mich persönlich aber extrem schwierig nachzukochen mit das was ich schon daheim habe. Und von Salat wird einem auch irgendwann fad…
      Ich wünsche mir das diese Diskussion nicht nötig wäre, von wegen “wer ist besser” oder welche Ernährung die “richtige” ist…leider muss sie es geben, aber dafür bitte mit Respekt bezüglich den Anderen =)

      Danke für dein lieber Kommentar!

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