Hiya everyone! Something I’ve seen massively talked about on Twitter is what makes someone a Good Vegan. It just baffles me that is something often talked about. Surely, being a vegan is enough to be labelled a good one. But no, there’s a lot of things that many vegans (me not included) mention that makes someone who calls them self a vegan, not a good one.
I have been vegan for over two years now and I’m thriving on this lifestyle choice but there’s some things that aren’t vegan in my life that I really cannot change.
1. Medication. I’m on medication for my anxiety and depression. It’s known that A LOT of medication has lactose that works as a binding ingredient, and of course lactose comes from cows milk. I cannot possibly help that the medication that is helping me reduce the risk of relapse contains an animal derived ingredient and quite frankly, I don’t understand why it does either. It’s quite unnecessary. Also, medication is often tested on animals and as much as I despise that, I cannot help it. I think it’s important to minimise cruelty where you can and remember that not everyone is 100% cruelty free. It doesn’t make you a bad vegan for taking medication to survive.
2. If you use non vegan products beforehand and continue to use them still. I’m a firm believer that if you have bought animal products (such as shoes, clothing, make up etc), you can continue to use them. There is no point in you chucking them away because the damage is done and you may as well use the product until it’s no longer usable.
3. I don’t do much animal activism outside of the internet. I’ve seen a handful of vegans on social media judging vegans who don’t do any themselves and label them as “fake vegans”. All I wanna say is, why? Some people cannot do as much animal activism as the next because of accessibility, money or whatever reasons that they deem as an “excuse”. All vegans are vegan for the same reasons, just because they don’t go to pig saves or do elite animal activism, that doesn’t make them any less vegan.
4. The raw vegan argument. I bet you’ve all seen this because there was a point where my Twitter homepage was nothing but this. Raw vegans have this ongoing debate that any other vegan lifestyle isn’t a good one and everyone should be raw. Whilst, yes I agree that raw veganism probably is a fantastic diet for some, it wasn’t for me and I personally thrive on a eat-whatever-I-want-as-long-as-it’s-vegan diet. I eat a lot of vegan junk food and that’s okay because it’s still vegan, am I right? Wrong. A few (not all, I must admit) raw vegans have made statements that raw vegan is a cure to all mental and physical illnesses out there (literally). If you’re interested in having a laugh, here’s a satirical Twitter about this whole point.
Now obviously I’m not saying every vegan is like this, I have met and are friends with so many amazing people but I’m just talking about the very few who are like this! Let me know below if you are vegan and have any other things that would be labelled non vegan but have no choice in consuming/using them! I hope you have an incredibly day!