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OK, so the title is misleading. I wouldn’t accuse anyone of being a “bad vegan” because we are all in this together, trying to help animals, trying to ease egregious environmental destruction, trying to be better people. But, as fallible beings, we make mistakes. It is important not to judge people when you become a vegan because if you do, people don’t want to listen to you or pay attention to your greater message. Below are not knocks on you as a person, they are merely signs that you should be aware of. If you do any of these things, please rethink how others perceive you, or else people won’t want to become vegan.

1. You hate everyone who eats meat

When you go out to an omnivorous eatery, do you glare at people? Do you feel hatred swell up inside you? If so, then you may want to reconsider. Don’t be Mr./Mrs. Grumpy Gills! Just because your parents or your friends or your significant other(s) eat meat, doesn’t mean you have to secretly or overtly loathe their sheer being. That’s not healthy! Instead of wallowing up in your hate, tell those who eat meat why you don’t. Preaching is not good though and just makes the situation worse. Be nice about your conscious choice to be vegan, and only talk if people welcome your opinion to avoid awkward situations. All in all, don’t be Mr. Scrooge about meat eaters! God bless us, everyone.

2. You buy anything that says ‘vegan’

Marketing is evil. It makes products seem like they are fantastic even though they may be environmentally toxic or unhealthy. Take the label ‘vegan’ for example. Usually, vegan products have cute little graphics on them or have an earthy color scheme which makes them seem harmless and yummy. To your untrained eye, you throw it in the cart, and you think about when you’re going to eat whatever is in that plastic wrapper or cardboard box. But, now that you’re reading this article, you will not have to face this situation. You will come out victorious the next time you battle your prime adversary, Impulse Purchase. Think Deceptacons! Be as Clark Kent, and take off your coat and button down shirt. Put on your stretchy pants or spandex, look Megatron (Impulse Purchase) in the eye and scream that one-syllable word, NO!  Other shoppers may think you’re crazy, and concerned parents will tell their kids to look away, but don’t let them bother you, for you have just defeated Impulse Purchase! Megan Fox would be proud.

3. You lecture everyone about your diet, but you secretly cheat

Hypocrites are the worst. Striving to change your diet is great, but don’t lecture people about your diet when you aren’t in on it all the way or having troubles with it. Smoke what you sell, like Smokey the Bear. If you do cheat on your diet while simultaneously scorning others for their dietary pitfalls, then you are lying to yourself. Don’t put other people down just because you’re screwing up yourself. That’s just wrong and hypocritical. Don’t be THAT guy!

4. You cave into others’ blasphemy and berates about your diet

You don’t have to take other peoples’ comments to heart and, as aforesaid, you don’t have to hate people for not agreeing with your choice to be a vegan. It’s your own choice to change your dietary habits, so don’t let others coerce you into changing back when you really don’t want to. If you do cave into their impulses, though, don’t feel ashamed. Know that I won’t call you a bad vegan, but I will expect you to really look at why you changed back. Realize that you can change back again: like Forrest Gump says, life is like a box of chocolates, and you never know what you’re going to get.  Who knew that there was so many uses for shrimp? Wait a minute, shrimp isn’t vegan.

5. You write or say scathing comments, reprimanding those who are “part-time” vegans

Most people try their upmost when adopting a vegan diet, so don’t wage a war against those who slip up sometimes or occasionally fallback on meat or dairy. There is an ideal, yes, but it should only be that, a platonic ideal that you should strive to achieve. Most of the time when you’re browsing the Internet, don’t cyberbully a blogger that recently said that he/she quit being vegan. It’s his/her free agency as a rational being to make choices, even if they don’t agree with your own. To quote Buckaroo Banzai, “wherever you go, there you are.”

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86 comments on “5 Signs You’re a Bad Vegan”

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Alivia Hollitt
4 Years Ago

Samantha is about doing the least amount of harm. We do what can. Maybe if you go the hairdressing school again you could take your own shampoo and conditioner. I'm a hairdresser myself. Where I get my hair done, I take along my own things. Then I found out that get colors and products are vegan. ;)

Rusty ForeverFree
4 Years Ago


LA Reilly
4 Years Ago

I find that when I say I don't eat animals I get a better attention than saying meat...

Kevin Michael Peter McNamara
4 Years Ago

only talk when your opinion is welcomed :) thanks ogp, you've done it. you've solved tension at the dinner table and the moral quandary of food choices - thank you.

Robert Millard
4 Years Ago

I like #5. We're a tiny group compared to the rest of the planet. We don't need to shrink our numbers further. JHMO.

James Chambers
4 Years Ago

Does bacon count?

Jen Doll
4 Years Ago

I always love the links you share but it always prompts a virus download that I can't seem to be able to stop! Very frustrating. I rarely open any of the links now :(

Angela Ryan
4 Years Ago

It took me a few years to become a devoted and educated vegan...It's not easy. I am surrounded by meat eaters & I don't scorn them. I just encourage that they make better choices.

Desiree Beautyslashing
4 Years Ago

A timely post, Elisa? Haha

Penelope Green
4 Years Ago

Except that your choice to frivolously (because science has shown that humans THRIVE on a plant based diet) kill an animal for food results in horrendous animal abuse and results in devastating OUR planet (vegan and non-vegans alike) using up our precious water, a non-renewable resource, squandered on growing animals in the most inefficient way possible for food. I understand you may be too callous and unevolved to care about being kind to animals but what gives you the right to violate the planet for the rest of us and future generations with your selfish dietary choices?


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