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<a href="http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/the-angry-vegan-why-not/" target="_blank">http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifest...vegan-why-not/</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore.<br><br>
Ever feel like that? How about all the time?<br><br>
Anger is part of the reality that everyone who has awakened to what is going on with animals has to deal with. Approximately 286 chickens are killed in the United States <i>every second</i>; of course we’re pissed off!<br><br>
Yet, people are always telling us vegans that we have to be positive, that we need to be compassionate, that we have to message carefully so that we don’t offend anyone so much that they refuse to listen to what we have to say. All good advice. At <a href="http://www.ourhenhouse.org/" target="_blank">Our Hen House</a>, we like to refer to ourselves as “indefatigably positive.” We call ourselves that partly because it’s fun to say “indefatigably,” but mostly because we feel that positive messaging is so effective.<br><br>
Of course, it’s certainly not <i>always</i> effective. All too often, no matter how careful you are to be positive, and not critical; kindly, and not mean; generous, and not nasty, some people still keep failing to hear you. Or, what is perhaps even more infuriating, they acknowledge that everything you say is true, and then don’t change their behavior. And you just get angrier and angrier…</div>
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A fantastic article from Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House about how to deal with anger effectively as a vegan. Lots of great tips here, sometimes when you look at what's happening in the world it can be hard to keep your cool.
 

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I'm constantly amazed how often the same news is presented as though it's a new finding. Whether it's about how cruely animals are treated, or how contaminated processing plants are, or the health detriments of eating foods that are fatty, processed and sugar laden. Yet it always becomes the days new discussion. So, yes, it would go right along with that that people just don't want to hear about food they like being bad. Since most are self-proclaimed animal lover, they most certaintly don't want to be told their meat suffers.<br>
I try to present my stance in matter of fact terms. I'd rather people see benefits, and come to me out of curiosity, than talk about the statistics they overlook.<br>
Many people go out of their way to find reasons to call me preachy, or my diet bad. I've been to restaurants where all I wanted to order was fries and a beer, because I found them to be the only real vegan food. After an unwanted reading of the menu, the server laughs and says "man, it's like vegans only eat fries". I surely told him, no, we save them for menus with poor choices--after I got my food, of course!<br><br>
It makes it easier for me to think of the very strong beliefs others adhere to that I don't share, and how I want them to be present them to me. For instance, I believe strongly in a womens right to safe, available abortion, and I know opponents see it much differently. I not only don't feel like a murdered, I don't want to be called one. I try to keep that in mind when advocating animal rights, and practice breathing techniques to keep my cool.
 

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Thank you for this article- I needed to read that today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I get really upset about all the things that are happening and its tough for me to not scream and shake people I see eating meat. I went to a restaurant that refused to accommodate me, and watched about 50 tables around me scarf down animal products, and then attended a disgusting barbecue where I watched all this flesh seared over a fire and my relatives grossly stuffing their faces. It was a down day for me.<br>
I am trying hard to get past the initial "shock" of the atrocities I have seen and not take total offense to everyone around me for partaking. But I have to understand they don't know yet. I would like to think that when they are ready they will learn and understand. They too will "go down the rabbit hole" with me. But I need to be patient and not pushy or angry. I was just like them about a year ago. And even vegetarian I continued to cook meat for my family. I didn't know.<br>
Anyways- personally I don't think it helps the movement to be angry or pushy. Its frustrating to sit back and watch- but its better to let people learn when they are ready to.
 
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