When I was still LO vegetarian I used to feel very judged by vegans. I felt hurt that they seemed to feel I was not helping animals, when I thought I was doing an awful lot compared to when I was an omnivore. It was not easy for me to become a vegetarian, with my severely limited diet, and I felt overwhelmed at the prospect of eliminating dairy from my diet.
But as I came to learn about the dairy and egg industries (I honestly had no clue until I came to VB
) I came to understand why vegans are so vehemently against consuming those animal products, and I realized that it wasn't ME that they had a problem with, it was my support of those industries. I realized that supporting those industries DOES cause harm, no matter what way I looked at it.
It hurt a lot when I learned about the pain and horror those animals endure, and at first I blamed vegans for being mean to me. But I soon realized that it wasn't anyone else's responsibility to shield me from it and pat me on the back for supporting those industries. I definitely don't think people should go around slagging on LO vegetarians, as it's counterproductive, but I also think that we ALL need to take responsibility for our own feelings. You know, don't shoot the messenger, that sort of thing.
I decided I had to eliminate dairy from my diet (eggs were not much of an issue) and I am thankful for the support of vegans who helped me with my transition. Ironically, my biggest supporter was a former VB
poster who others here often accused of being militant.
She never judged me; she judged the anima l abusing industries, and that's the same way I feel now about vegetarians. I don't judge them. But I will never mince words about the horrors of the dairy and egg industries because I do judge those.