Barrylove, I am not going to omni places and telling them how angry I am that they don't do things the way I like -- that is what PETA does. I am coming here, to a veg place, and telling you how angry I am that you are acting like meat-eater wanna-bes.
You write " maybe it is OK for the 'bad' companies and people to show that vegan products are out there and they are indeed good not only for us, but for the environment"
By making mock meats, full of unknown ingredients, there is no way for me or you to know how good these things are for us. For all we know, they contain excessive amounts of vegetable oil, or are cooked in oil at high heat generating carcinogens. On such a diet, you might end up in worse health than on a balanced diet containing moderate amounts of meat that has been baked or steamed rather than fried or grilled.
If you want to show people that veg foods are better for their health, you had better start serving foods that you know what they contain.
For all I know, these foods are not really even veg. We are depending on their word. They don't inform the public of the ingredients. I'm sorry, but I think sitting down to a meal produced by omnis and trusting that it is vegan, and healthy, is naive. It makes veg*ns look like naive fools who can easily be led around by their appetites, their still-existing desire for flesh. Whether it is true that we like the taste of flesh or not, it communicates to omnis that we like the taste fo flesh. It suggests that veg*nism is a fad, based on opposition to the dominant method of living, rather than a real way of living, in its own right.
I'm not saying you should never have fun with food, and occasionally make a veg dish that says "animal" on it. But to do this over and over, meal after meal, day after day, as the norm, rather than as an amusing exception, say perhaps for halloween, informs people that veg*nism is a temporary fad.
Would I eat mock severed human head on halloween -- sure -- but only if no attempt was made to make it so realistic that people really begin to believe they are eating a human head. Same way I would eat a cookie in the shape of a fish. But when you make it look almost exactly like a piece of meat, and have people saying "it tastes just like meat," and be happy about it, then something is wrong. You don't hear people saying that fish-shaped cookies taste just like fish.
This continual focus on mock meats is especially bizarre to those of us who have been brought up by veg parents, and been lifelong veg's, and who don't even know what a chicken mcnugget tastes like, or a sirloin steak tastes like.
In other words, I am not saying you shouldn't do it once in a while for a bit of fun, like for Halloween fun. But to do it over and over, in earnest attempt to really imitate animal flesh -- that is different, and that is what is going on, that I decry.