I was wondering what you all think of a situation about a lady I was reading about whose lips have a rash. She claims nothing else works except for this one chap stick with lanolin (some kind of moisturizer made from wool I believe). She calls herself a vegan.
She was worried about it and wondering what everyone else thought. IDK what do you think?
Vegans do what we can to contribute to as little suffering as possible. If the rest of her diet and lifestyle is vegan and she genuine needs this to help her rash, then I don't see it as making her non-vegan.
I'm on birth control. Not just because I don't want to get pregnant, but because I have ovarian cysts that get worse without the hormones from my birth control. There is not yet a pill that is entirely vegan, yet most vegan women are still using birth control. Are we going to eliminate more suffering by using the trace amounts of non-vegan ingredients in our medications and being activists, or not using it and spending all our time eternally suffering in pain as well as squeezing out babies non-stop? As we eliminate the largest offenders, the by-products will be phased out as well.
If this woman is not vegan then none of us are. We take antibiotics or other medications from time to time. We eat at restaurants that, while serving some vegan food, are not exclusively vegan, which in turn is causing us to help fund these non-vegan ideals and business practices.
Every one of us is doing our best and part of the reason that being vegan is seen as being so hard is because we have these areas in which it is, genuinely, okay to use teensy amounts of non-vegan things, but other people deem it inappropriate and then attack others by suggesting that they're not vegan.
We shouldn't be attacking each other, we should be encouraging each other and showing up everywhere with a front of unity.
Very well put Nikki!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you...and there will always be someone looking at us vegans with the crooked eye waiting for us to do something the will call un-vegan like...Kale and cucumbers to them!!!
Exactly, I have non-vegan friends who wait for me to slip up like it somehow makes them feel better about their meat-eating ways to know that my entire life isn't completely pure and devoid of animal products. It's nice to be in the company of vegans who don't judge. I always say that, as a vegan, I'm not fond of vegans simply because of how many I have encountered who are so judgmental.