Why Are Vegans so Annoying?
The True Vegans
There are different types of Vegans and each group has some annoying qualities, but they do not all rank the same.
True Vegans are the least annoying. These people grew up being Vegan and do not know anything else. They do not see animals as food sources. They do not hold or impose judgements on others. Veganism is merely a life style their family followed. They make sure to bring a Vegan dish to potlucks, but do not expect others to do the same. Close friends may create a vegan option as a courtesy, but it is never expected.
These people tend to shop in natural food stores. You are not likely to run into them in a commercial supermarket. They often grow a good portion of their own foods and tend to shop frequently and purchase only what they need for the short term. They tend to be averse to wasting food or other resources. This is more of a lifestyle than anything else and since they don’t have a huge amount of interaction with people who have other lifestyles, they are not high on the annoying meter.
The PETA Vegans
PETA Vegans are also not super annoying. They choose to not eat meat because they believe in the ethical treatment of animals. They protest by not being part of the demand for animal products and mainly focus on how animals should be treated. They may seem annoying by exposing meat-eaters to the truth about how animals are treated when they are being raised for slaughter. American’s, in particular, like a comfortable distance between their food and the fact that it was once an animal. Even the most ardent meat eaters must admit that food source animals are not treated humanely. Many would prefer to remain ignorant and enjoy their meal.
PETA Vegans often eat processed foods which are designed to mimic meat. Soy Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Chicken flavored tofu, Almond milk, and Tofu Turkey. For meat-eaters, these foods are just plain odd. Nobody would try to flavor beef to emulate the taste of a carrot yet PETA Vegan’s like the flavor of meat…just not meat. Many PETA Vegans also often forget to check prepackaged foods, cosmetics and toiletries for contents derived from animals.
It is not known how many PETA vegans might add lab grown meat to their diet once it become universally available.
The Health and Diet Vegans
Health and Diet Vegans can be annoying at times. These are usually people who once ate meat and are trying a lifestyle change in hopes of gaining health improvements or losing weight. When they initially change, they love to share their new awakening with others. Many non-vegans are very supportive initially but over time lose interest.
Health and Diet Vegans will go out of their way to post the most delicious looking vegan recipes online. This seems more of an attempt to get friends who have lost interest in the life style change, back on board. Unfortunately, if a non-vegan comments on how good one of the recipes looks, their next question is almost always…how did it taste? The response from the health and diet vegan is almost always the same…”I haven’t tried it”. Sometimes they will include the word, “yet”. Health and Diet Vegans usually don’t continue with the life style long, they begin by eating reintroducing eggs and dairy into their meal plans, then fish and before long are back to their regular diet.
Vegan food does not mean diet food. Many vegetable products are high in fat and carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, potatoes, cereal, and avocados. Furthermore, in order to add taste to food, health and diet vegans will often overuse salad dressing and sauces which are high in fat and calories. Vegan food also does not mean health food. It is important to take the time to know which foods provide you with the protein you will be missing from eating meat or the naturally occurring bacteria within the body will seek out internal sources of protein to digest.
In nature. animals with canine teeth eat meat. Humans also have canine teeth.
Political Vegans rank high on the annoying meter. They tend to be very obsessed with their cause and want to impose their beliefs on others. They harass restaurants like Burger King to add Veggie Burgers and McDonald's to add salads, and then they never return to purchase these items.
The more aggressive ones will actively protest in front of steak houses or butcher shops. Those that are passive aggressive will walk into a burger restaurant and complain about their not being Vegan options. Political Vegans attempt to blame all the woes of the world, from poverty to nationalism, on the consumption of meat. They conveniently forget that Hitler was a vegan.
The Hipster Vegan
Hipster Vegans are the most annoying of all the Vegans. They tend to be in their early 20’s, self-absorbed, and seeking a way to break away from the norms of their parents (even while often still living in their parent’s basement). They are vegan to appear trendy. It is more image than conviction.
Hipsters are the most likely to bait you into a conversation and then take the conversation into a different direction, so they can confront you about eating meat. No matter what, the conversation will continue to return to veganism. It is a self-identity and not simply what they choose to eat. They tend to present themselves as being more educated than they are. If you were to offer them a Jello shot, they usually gladly accept it…without realizing Jello is made from animal bones. But, Hey....if Jello shots are trendy.
What if Meat Eaters Were That Annoying?
Whatever type of Vegan you meet, just realize that vegetables are indeed good for us all, and adding more to your own diet doesn’t hurt. You can still wrap most of them in bacon.