Some people have the elitist attitude that only certain people can be vegan. Let me assure you, there are enough animals to not kill, and enough cruelty to not inflict for all of us.
There’s this thing in the vegan community I’d like to refer to as “douchery.” It’s when people have the elitist attitude that only certain people can be vegan. Let me assure you, there are enough animals to not kill, and enough cruelty to not inflict for all of us.
Do you really think that an animal in need is going to say, “Wait, you’re a Republican? Turn your conservative butt around and let me die.” More likely they’d be thinking, “I don’t even care if you think you pooped out the whole of the universe, and that you are actually our reigning fecal lord—just get me the hell out of here!”
If you really want to fight for the animals, let everyone come and play. There is enough room in veganism for all of us. Now, if you find every word coming out of my crazy tattooed butt a little sketch—first off, you’re not alone. There’s an amazing text called Dominion written by Matthew Scully, who was the senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush. And despite some of our formative presidents more memorable speech faux pas, Mr. Scully makes a compelling and intelligent argument for animal rights from a conservative perspective.
Now really, who’s it going to hurt to let in people who are different? Certainly not the animals—it’s only going to help them. The only thing it can hurt is your ego, if you’re in it for the exclusivity. (I’m talking to you, stereotypical vegan, who works as a barista and always wears a politically provoking t-shirt, and serves up every cup of coffee with some attitude, and a heavy dose of liberal arts education induced superiority.)
Now, I do think it’s pretty superior to not be inflicting pain on other beings—but can’t we all share in that awesomeness? There are vegan Christians, vegan conservatives, vegan Republicans, and more—when it comes down to life-and-death, does it really matter?
So come on vegans, stop it. stop, being, douches.
— Emily Moran Barwick