Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Cows were put on this earth for us to use them. You don't eat cheese? That's stupid."

I am ever amazed by people's responses to "I'm vegan." I'm at an event where they ordered pizzas and was told, "We ordered one with veggies for you." <Sigh> So I said, "Thank you; that was thoughtful. However, I'm vegan and don't eat cheese." I was looked at over glasses and after a long sigh told this gem:

"Cows are here for us to use their milk. You should start eating cheese; that's stupid"

Really? Really? People exclude dairy from their diets for MANY reasons and I just don't understand how judgemental some people are. It's getting to the point where I feel like people view veganism as a religion and because it's different from what they practice, they view it as unacceptable/inconsequential/immature/just plain stupid.

I'm not a hardcore vegan. I occaionally partake in baked goods with butter or cream; if I'm out somewhere with really superb sushi I might have a few rolls. Cheese I avoid at all costs, however. It makes me feel bloated and sick after I eat it. So no, I'm not going to eat the veggie pizza and yes, I'll just endure the never-ending criticism. But I won't like it and it probably won't cease to amaze me.


  1. Just quickly explain that milk contributes directly to the veal industry, so no, you don't eat cheese.

  2. Or punch them in the face. THE NERVE.