How do you respond to vegan-hate and anti-veggie talk? Online and offline?
I tend to stand up online and back down in person. In person I just say something like "Let's move on. So how was your day?" And online I say what I'm thinking and feeling, albeit, a bit more eloquently.
What do you do?
Facts are the best response to ignorance, but what's the best response to the criticism that vegans are self-righteous and rude?
I currently say one of two things:
1) Their sample size is small. They're only talking about the vocal vegans and there are a lot more quiet vegans than vocal vegans. I stress the fact that veg*ns are a diverse group of people and I list a bunch of famous vegans.
2) "If we're right, well then maybe we should be self-righteous. Wouldn't you feel compelled to say something if you saw people eating human babies? Indeed, you'd have a moral duty to be 'self-righteous' about your choice not to eat human babies. Many vegans feel the same way about animals."
Those are adequate, but not compelling. Somehow the haters get even more riled up. I'm tempted to not engage them, but I think they make themselves look bad when they spew hatred and lurkers might be persuaded by my arguments. However, I would rather give a more clever and funny response than my standard vacillation between Spock-ish-ness and uber emo.