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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Making Veganism Seem Easy

I've shared my philosophy on veganism before. I believe that first and foremost, we need to make veganism look easy, which really it is. That way, people who want to help animals see our way of living as attainable. On the other hand, when we focus on little details, like whether the bread at a restaurant has soy or animal lecithin, or if some small amount of animal ingredient is in a veggie burger, we turn people off.

Bruce Friedrich of PETA makes a great case for this. I heard him speak at Helping Animals 101 in Rochester back in June, and it really changed the way I approach veganism and advocating for the animals.

3 comments:

Saoirse said...

Thanks for posting that. I didn't become vegan for several years because the honey thing made me think of veganism as fanatical. I think too that it is easy to think that one person can't do anything and that small changes don't matter, so why try? But I think that the real benefits for the environment, public health, and animals come from the small changes that people make. I don't think most people will become vegan tomorrow. I do think everyone can try to eat veg one day a week and buy eggs from local farms. Then those changes snowball until everyone is reducing their ecological footprint and moving toward cruelty free diets.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with this philosophy.

I try to make my vegan diet seem assessible and easy - because it really can be.

I bring vegan food to almost every social event I go to...people are usually surprised its vegan and often ask for the recipes.

Anonymous said...

Great food for thought.

Sometimes, you can get so bogged own in the details that it makes you blond to the big picture--and the big goal.