I'm pretty sure these people have never looked at a carnivores teeth before. Can they seriously compare our canines to a lions? Give me a break! Most of these people have no background in science yet claim to know how we evolved to eat meat. They are just pulling stuff out of you know where! I despise the "People Eating Tasty Animals" thing. It makes my blood boil.
Straycat, my mom is afraid of carbs too! I wonder why when she sees that I am healthy and in good shape while eating lots of carbs! I tried to explain the "good carbs" to her and she still harbors a fear.
I find that I get a bunch of those stupid remarks too.. but I don't think that the people making them are stupid, just misinformed. The best way to deal is to educate them, give them one fun or interesting fact about why you chose to be vegan and maybe it will intrigue them enough to continue educating themselves. I don't like it when people judge me or assume things about me because of the food I eat or the clothes I wear, each person is intitled to choose, so I don't judge them. There has always been a time when each one of us made the choice to be kind to animals, the planet and ourselves. And if it bothers you so much, don't talk about your diet, it doesn't have to be everyone's business unless you make it that way.
Kindness is the best way to approach any situation, being angry and bitter about it only makes things worse for you, and everyone else. The negative reactions to ignorant people means you aren't letting them in on this awesome way of life, someone needs to educate the world or else it will never change.
I don't talk about my diet at all unless someone asks, however there are those people that make snide remarks just to get a rise out of you. I think some people are just interested, yet there are some that are trying to challenge you and your beliefs. I have had people say things after they see the meal that I have ordered. They ask if I am vegan, I say yes, and the unfriendly interrogation begins. LIke I said, it's not everyone, but I have had more than a few. I am never mean to these people, so why are they mean to me?
I think that most people need to vent on occasion, to be healthy. So, my biggest annoyance is the general "what do you eat???? what about protein, calcium??? I could never give up cheese!" Like they cannot fathom a meal without animal. And then they're usually sitting there eating fast food, which I very, very rarely ate even when I was omni, and I just want to say "I eat real food, not preservative filled, man-made, tortured foods." I totally agree with catconsrv. I never tell people I'm vegan unless they're trying to get me to eat something that I won't, but they tend to notice by looking at what I'm eating. Sometimes people are curious, more than half the time they have to make a disparaging remark - sometimes mean, sometimes the more typical cheese comment -but most of the time they are not asking genuine questions to learn or understand.
Oh Yes!!!!! All of the above ridiculous comments and questions... I too have just gotten used to it. Its been 20 plus years I have been a vegetarian and I say I am 90% vegan. I would beat myself up when I failed as a vegan at first and I would throw in the towel, but now I realize this is a lifetime and I will try everyday to be a superhero and if I fall off I get right back on. Thats better than giving up totally.
Because it's been so long (since 1988)--and because it's so big a part of WHO I am--everyone in my life KNOWS that I'm veg. Therefore, I don't have to TALK about my diet, nor do I [as a general rule], it's already a known fact and--for some unknown reason--it provokes the "what did you eat?!" on holidays questions, and the "I LOVE meat too much to ever give it up!" nonsense.
But even peripheral people in my life, like when I used to volunteer at an HIV/AIDS clinic, everybody knew I was veg because it inevitably comes out. Like when some of us would walk two doors down to buy lunch and I had to find something on that menu that didn't have dead animals in it...it just always came out. And next thing you know I'm being asked why I wore leather (I didn't) and all the other stupid questions I mentioned.
I guess after 23 years, I'm just bored, mystified, and--quite frequently--appalled at the things people think it's okay to say. As I mentioned earlier, *I* don't ask THEM for a complete run-down of everything on THEIR holiday menu, so why do they do it to me?
As for the morons I see online with the whole "people eating tasty animals" schtick, the only reason they bother me at all is because I know things they don't know, i.e., how that slab of flesh ended up on their dinner plate. (Or...perhaps...they do know...but don't care.) I figure they wouldn't make such asses of themselves if they knew about the cruelty their eating animals actually causes.
The questions are still happening for me to 12 years in to it. But I really havent been bothered lately and find it comical now, but most recently I really got annoyed when someone was rude to my son about it. AN ADULT gave him a hard time because he turned down the junk food and artificial drinks after a soccer game.
I was so proud of him for standing up for himself and know that he will have a lifetime to deal with these comments, but it really rubbed me the wrong way that day. Especially coming from parents. Because the other kids feed off of that.
All I could do was bring healthier vegan snacks the following week and show them all that what we eat is not so bad.