With the popularity and promotion of pop vegan diet fads there has been a relatively recent inflation of the vegan population. Many are going vegan for reasons other than animal concerns and vegan advocates will say “We all have different reasons”. For the animals, this is a wrong approach. They say, “less animals will be killed with more vegans” and for the sake of argument I’ll give them that. I argue though that these are short-term unsustainable gains.
An artificial inflation of vegan numbers does not guarantee that progress will be made for the idea that animals deserve fair treatment. When I say “artificial” I mean by using ploys of veganism that leave the person without the tool necessary to develop their own parallel beliefs on the matter. This comes in the form as I have described in my specious rhetoric post. The “by any means necessary” attitude to gaining vegan numbers is inflating a bubble that will eventually blow up leaving a mess of a vegan movement. The damage-control-limited-resource tactics to getting people vegan will only cost more when the movement requires a bail out. The already limited and taxed leaders will have to address the growing numbers of vocal failed vegans and the shift from one fallacious diet that doesn’t use animals to another that revels in it (i.e. paleo).
Critical thinking will be an important tool to bail out the movement. What we have going on now is despicable behavior by a population who claim the moral high ground. They speak of compassion, peace and justice but when confronted by an ex-vegan (or even vegans who don’t “do enough”) they unleash a special kind of vitriol for these apostates. Instead of addressing the concerns and opening up dialog these ex-vegans get the worst of treatment, which is par for the course for cult-like groups who fear scrutiny. That should be a red flag.
Will vegans still use or tolerate pseudoscientific spiritual mumbo jumbo when it is used against them? It’s not uncommon to see leaders and groups claiming to be ethical vegans foremost to promote any cause if it happens to be “animal free”. Be it rawfood, Skinny Bitch, The World Peace Diet, macrobiotic, ayervedic or dozens of other supernatural newage nonsensical creeds they won’t skip a beat fawning over and promoting those ideas in a sloppy spurious attempt to promote and justify their own. Will the reasons for veganism finally matter when the same reasons betray the cause? Or will vegans admit defeat and join the rest of the apostates on their quest for the next diet fad?
Signs of imminent bubble burst are showing in the number of vegan bloggers who are closing down shop and starting new non-vegan blogs as they leave veganism. Just today The Voracious Vegan (soon will be Voracious Eats) admits: A Vegan No More. It didn’t start, nor will it stop there. Vegans have been dropping like flies and Let Them Eat Meat has been lapping them up (as paleo dieters tend to do). Ex-vegan stories have their own special section on that site and the list continues to grow. If veganism had its own story straight a majority of these stories wouldn’t even exist or at least be explainable. Many of them do happen to be textbook cases of anecdotal or pseudoscience fails but they shouldn’t be dismissed so lightly. Veganism has about the same credibility as these stories so the playing field is quite level.
Can veganism even have relevancy towards animal justice? If so, you think they would have figured it out by now. So far it tends to jealously claim the moral high ground with vegans clamoring for the very tippy top to secure their own righteousness. Anybody else who doesn’t commit such devotion is excluded from the club. Meanwhile the ideas of justice for nonhumans are left to wither. Veganism is a dusty and dry doctrine suffering from it’s own toxic dogma. It’s time to let it go and get real again, for the animals.
”for the animals” is a common phrase vegans use to justify, cajole, demean or congratulate other vegans. It is one of the few times you’ll hear them invoke the animal cause.