As a vegan who thinks critically about various issues, I keep having others tell me that I had better be “perfect” myself before I “throw stones” at others from my “glass house”.
Here is why that is a bullshit thing to say.
No vegan has ever said that it is possible to be a “perfect” vegan and never harm a single animal throughout our entire existence. Yes, when vegans drive or take the bus, or hell, even walk, insects may be killed. Yes, some animals may be harmed or killed as we plow our fields to plant food for us to eat. And oh my god yes, I swat at mosquitos!
That is all true. No vegan is denying, or has denied, that.
So what? What is your point in saying this, nonvegans (or misguided vegans)?
There is no point. It’s a red herring, designed to derail any intelligent talk about veganism.
“Well, it’s impossible to ever be a ‘pure’ vegan, so I guess I’ll just either never even try to be vegan because if I can’t be pure why bother, or I’ll be a vegan but I will never, ever, ever dare to criticize the actions of another person because oh my god glass houses and stones.”
This is “pure” stupidity. I mean, what an idiotic argument.
There is a big, I mean HUGE, difference between accidentally harming some animals while trying to live, and intentionally bringing billions of sentient beings into existence for no other reason than to kill and eat them, needlessly. We do not need to eat—or wear, or otherwise use—animals. Do you understand that, nonvegans (or misguided vegans)?
There is a HUGE difference between hunting a sentient being for funsies and unavoidably having insects die on your windshield as you drive your car.
There is a HUGE difference between wearing leather or silk, wool, or down because fashion and inadvertently harming other beings while you harvest your crop of plants that will keep you fed.
There is a HUGE difference between using animals in rodeos, zoos, circuses, and aquariums to entertain humans and accidentally……..well, you get the point. I hope.
Is that clear enough?
We DO need to eat to survive. So, we eat plants. Might some harm be caused while growing these plant crops for human consumption? Sure, it might. Although, I’d argue that as we shift the paradigm toward veganism, we’d come up with methods of growing and harvesting crops that minimize or eliminate harm to other species….but I digress.
We DO NOT need to eat animals, meaning there is no need for them to be brought into existence to suffer and end up on our plates. That is deliberate and unnecessary harm.
Can you see the difference?
If not, please refrain from posting here. If you can’t see the difference between those two things, you are not someone I can reason with and I do not wish to waste my time and energy on you.