A List of (Some) Things that Don’t Make You Less of a Vegan

  1. Eating cooked food before 4pm.
  2. Eating fruit after dinner.
  3. Cooking with oil and/or salt.
  4. Not liking bananas.
  5. Preferring vegetables over fruits.
  6. Not riding a bike.
  7. Not working out.
  8. Taking medications that you need to stay healthy.
  9. Vaccinating your kids/animals.
  10. Being pro-GMO.
  11. Eating palm oil.
  12. Being fat.
  13. Being skinny.
  14. Being muscular.
  15. Eating more calories from protein and/or fat than from carbs.
  16. Not worshipping the ground Freelee, Gary Yourofsky, etc. walk on.
  17. Criticizing the actions of other vegans (see my previous point).
  18. Eating Gardein meats, Daiya cheese, almond milk ice cream, etc.
  19. Eating convenience foods in general.
  20. Having non-vegan friends.
  21. Being close with your non-vegan family members.
  22. Supporting an intersectional approach to veganism over a militant and alienating one.

So don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Peace and love as always.

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4 thoughts on “A List of (Some) Things that Don’t Make You Less of a Vegan

  1. Good list, but I have to point out the following:

    “Taking medications that you need to stay healthy.
    Vaccinating your kids/animals.
    Being pro-GMO.”

    Being Vegan means refraining from taking or using anything that involves the use of nonhuman animals unless there is no alternative.

    So, taking non-Vegan medication when there is a Vegan alternative and you can obtain it makes you non-Vegan.

    In the case of vaccinations, they are created using nonhumans and are unnecessary. So using vaccinations when you can avoid almost every disease in existence without using them would make you non-Vegan.

    Likewise, GMOs are non-Vegan because nonhuman animals are used to make them, and they are completely unnecessary.

    What is needed is to increase the number of Vegans in the world so that we don’t need to look for non-Vegan, animal-exploitative solutions to the problems of starvation and disease, especially since Veganism already has the solutions and doesn’t use nonhumans at all.

    This is how we increase the percentage of Vegans in the global population:
    https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/how-to-create-vegans

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    1. I respectfully disagree. I have depression and anxiety (which I’ve touched upon in my videos, and may make a blog post about in the future) and medication helps me to function day-to-day. I have tried going without them and trying to heal with other methods; I wasn’t doing well, but I’m able to do better with meds.
      Vaccines are also necessary; diseases that were deadly epidemics (like smallpox) have been eradicated thanks to vaccines. I’ve never had measles, mumps, rubella, or polio because I was vaccinated as a child. And pray tell, what is the alternative? How is every disease in existence avoidable without vaccines?
      And how much do you know about how genetic modification that you can claim that animals are used to make them? What process entails that.

      The Vegan Society defines veganism as “a 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.” We don’t live in a vegan world; we live in a world wherein we can do less harm, but have to stay realistic about it.

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      1. Your medical conditions do not give you the right to take the lives and freedoms of the nonhumans used to make those medications.

        “And pray tell, what is the alternative? How is every disease in existence avoidable without vaccines?”

        I did not say every disease. I said ALMOST every disease.

        I see no reason to explain this to you since you have already made up your mind.

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      2. Given the choice between being able to function day-to-day (including being a vegan advocate) and still feeling worthless, not even wanting to get out of bed in the morning, and still putting cuts on my arms…I think I’ll stick with my medication.

        Vivisection is a horrible thing, but I don’t think the solution is to encourage sick people to stop taking their meds (if they want to get off their meds, they should also speak with their doctors first). We need to look at what we can do NOW, and for many people with chronic illness, maybe what’s “possible and practicable” for us at the moment doesn’t include getting off our meds.

        Regarding vaccines, I really do want to hear a good anti-vaccine argument. I just have yet to hear one. People used to be dead at my age, and women younger than I used to die in childbirth all the time. Children used to die of smallpox and measles, and become physically crippled because of polio. Whatever downsides and imperfections there might be with vaccines, they seem like the lesser evil, unless you can argue against that.

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