For most people, veganism is about "doing what is possible, and not about perfection." Some examples I personally think are extreme are not going outside to take a walk because you might step on a bug, not driving because of the possibility you might hit an animal, or to a lesser extent, not going to supermarkets or restaurants that sell or serve animal products. In a perfect world we would be able to do-or not do these things, but obviously, it is not realistic. With that said, I have been in a couple situation where I have been debating myself if I am going too far. I don't know whether these situations should be avoided or if I should just suck it up Here are 2 that come to mind:
1. The dentist I go to uses Colgate toothpaste which tests on animals. It is a big switch to change dentists, because I have been at this one for years and they already know me really well. I told them the reason I don't like it, and they said I could bring my own toothpaste, but the money I pay to get my teeth cleaned will still go to buy new toothpaste. Also, most dentists offices probably use brands that test on animals anyway, so this may not work.
2. Some relatives invited me to go to Hershey's Park in Pennsylvania. I feel like my money going towards the theme park will help make more candy bars, thus hurting more animals. I don't see these relatives often, and they have young kids who really enjoy the park, and my money probably won't have much of an effect on the Hershey's business, but I will still feel guilty.
What do you think I should do in these 2 situations, and have you been in any situations where you think you might be going a little too far, but you still don't know how to handle it?
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