Someone who is “Instagram vegan famous” and has even been labeled “the vegan queen” recently released a YouTube video in which she explains why she is no longer vegan after 5 years... I really don’t care if she’s vegan or not, what I do care about is the fact that she is spreading misinformation about veganism to her 731k followers. She’s creating doubt in so many minds and that in turn hurts the animals. It’s a cop out because she wants to cheat.
This isn’t the first time that I’ve heard someone say “it’s too hard to be vegan” whilst rolling off various insane bullet points of why it’s so hard. NO ONE IS EXPECTING YOU TO BE A PERFECT VEGAN. In reality, no one can truly be 100% vegan or 100% cruelty free. I have two cats in my home and care for many outdoor feral cats, I buy them meat because they are true carnivores. When I walk on grass, I’m squashing hundreds of insects with every step, when I’m driving my car, without a doubt I’m splattering hundreds of insects on my windshield. The vegetables I eat? I’m positive the machinery used to gather them from fields sucks up many innocent small animals. Have I accidentally ate something that contained milk, eggs, or honey? Yup. Fuck, I asked for pasta in red sauce in Peru and had no idea they strained the meat out of the sauce until I got sick a few hours later. Does my boyfriend bring home products made by companies that test on animals? Yup. I don’t throw my hands up in the air and say “WE’RE NOT VEGAN ANYMORE!” We discuss our mistakes and we move forward.
My point is, we cannot truly live a life where our very existence doesn’t harm other creatures around us. What we can do as ethical vegans is to try our very best to reduce the amount of animal suffering in the world. Stop freaking out about the small things that you and I have no control over. It IS easy to be vegan. Just live your best vegan cruelty free life, that is what saves animal lives.