We often hear about strict vegans and how they are not able to enjoy life because of their radical lifestyle. How awful it must be for them to not enjoy a steak every now and then, or how miserable they must be to not visit the zoo and see wolves and koalas in cages.

They must be so, so unhappy.

Why would they sacrifice joy for this strict lifestyle that is veganism?

Let me ask you this:

  • If someone is racist ONLY one day a week, the other six days the person is good and respectful, but on that seventh day, the person allows themselves to be racist and hate people of other races. How would you feel about that person? Is it okay to hate black/Asian/white people one day a week and just let loose? Of course not.
  • If someone kills JUST one innocent person a year, would that be okay or would that person be a murderer?

Strict vegans are just vegans; there is no such thing as a vegan that hurts other animals once in a while just for the sake of not being so radical and strict. Does being strict mean that we never eat a dessert that has just a tiny bit of honey on it or that we never ride horse carriages? Yes, it means exactly that.

Just like I don’t have a day off from not being a racist or a murderer, I don’t have a day off from not exploiting other animals.

If you are one of those people that think that there are two categories of veganism – the strict one and the normal one – then I have to disappoint you that there is just one, the normal one. There is nothing strict in not exploiting other animals or eating their rotten flesh.

I wish you could see the beauty of living a lifestyle that does a lot to not harm our fellow animals.

Being vegan and being okay with killing spiders for fun, just means that you are not vegan.

Many vegans, who are afraid to turn people away from this lifestyle if they appear too strict, would overlook this and tell you that it’s okay, but not me. Uh-uh. I have absolutely no problem with telling you that you are not vegan if you continue with killing small animals, riding horses or exploiting other animals in any other way.

You just aren’t.

It’s not about perfection; it’s about doing what we can. And we can all let other animals live. We will never reach perfection. It doesn’t exist. So strict vegans do no exist, who exists are the people who care and are doing something.

If you want to learn more about veganism and why you should consider adopting this compassionate lifestyle, I wrote a great post where I share with you 8 irresistible benefits of going vegan.

Tanja

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