You wonder why vegans are so incredibly annoying, exhausting and pushy? Then I would like to give you the short and sweet answer here. I am a vegan myself, but I was also a meat fanatic for 30 years of my life. So I'm familiar with both worlds. I was both annoyed when someone else needed an "extra vegan sausage" - and annoyed when I realized why I - and preferably immediately all people in the world - vegan should be.
In the meantime, I'm no longer so exhausting, at least I don't think so 😉 This could also be because I've understood why vegans can be so annoying and exhausting. I would now like to list the key reasons for this. Also to mediate between the camps. Let's go!
Here is a brief overview for you:
- Moral contradiction
- Ethical values questioned
- Ecological values called into question
- Health values questioned
- No logical counterarguments
5 reasons why vegans get on the nerves of others
Annoying, exhausting, intrusive, annoying, irritating, militant, proselytizing, proselytizing, intolerant, triggering, self-promoting, spoiled and aggressive - wow, I used to be really built a wall of negative stereotypes about vegansso that I don't have to deal with this lifestyle under any circumstances.
In the often emerging Group dynamics With other meat eaters or vegetarians, who were of course usually in the majority, this became even stronger. Simply because people confirmed each other and agreed that vegans were simply annoying.
It was only when I reached the wall with the Dominion film and became vegan myself, I could understand why I really always found the "herbivores" so "corrosive". Here are the key reasons why.
1. Because they reveal an inner, moral contradiction
"I love animals, but I also eat them."
Cognitive dissonance is a as unpleasant feeling that occurs when we recognize reality and two of our insights contradict each other. This inner conflict also occurs in smokers, for example, who know that smoking significantly increases the risk of cancer. Meat consumption only involves victims who are not themselves. For this reason, it is also No personal decision to eat meat.
To love animals but also to eat them is quite obviously a Contradiction between one's own values and one's own actions. Rejection and hatred of vegans or the growing attitude that they are annoying are a typical consequence of this realization.
Good to know: Since going vegan, I've noticed that meat eaters can also be really annoying. So it's always a matter of perspective 😉
2. Because they challenge our ethical values
"Animals are sentient beings, who feel pleasure and pain just as we humans do. And I don't want anything to be done to them."
I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb when I say that we're all against Cruelty to animals are. Nevertheless, a large part of our society finances the suffering of animals We regularly buy meat, cow's milk, eggs, jelly babies, fur coats and many other animal products, whether consciously or unconsciously.
In the Factory farming animals are artificially impregnated, mistreated, mutilated, shredded and gassed. Even in organic farming, male calves and chicks are of no value to the industry, which is why they are killed shortly after birth. And whether "mass or class", whether "young or old", whether "meat eater or vegetarian" - In the end, all "farm animals" end up in the same brutal slaughterhouse because we want to eat them or their body parts.
These are things that are fundamentally against human values. When you go against the Veganism one automatically argues in favor of animal exploitation. Therefore, an inner conflict arises here again, which can reinforce our image of exhausting and annoying vegans: "I am against cruelty to animals, but I pay money for it."
3. because they question our ecological values
"I want to protect my environment - but I want to continue eating meat and consuming other animal products."
The cognitive dissonance of non-vegans also continues when it comes to environmental protection. At the latest when they learn that around 83 percent of the world's agricultural land is used for grazing or growing fodder of farm animals.₁
Or when it becomes clear that about 88 percent of the Deforestation of the rainforest in the Amazon region on the cap of the animal industry and this is the main driver of the current Species extinction is.
Protecting the environment and eating animal-based food every day? That doesn't go together. This internal contradiction in turn leads to many people perceiving vegans as annoying and exhausting.
You can't imagine living vegan? In the end, the Dominion documentary convinced and motivated me in the long term. It is here for free on YouTube available. I am sure that it will also change your life for the better.
4. Because they challenge our pursuit of health
"I want to be healthy and stay that way - but continue to eat meat."
With Nicht-Veganer:innen also here again an internal contradiction develops, if they experience that Veganer:innen contrary to their call, evenly not all Thin, weak, malnourished and unhealthy people are.
On the contrary: scientific studies have shown that vegans are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer. American Dietetic Association suitable for all phases of a person's life - including pregnancy.₄
If it's healthy to go vegan, why would we continue to do these gruesome things to animals? Most non-vegans do not find an answer to this. Also therefore veganer:innen are often felt in the consequence as extremely annoying and exhausting.
5. Because there is simply no logical argument against veganism
"Plants have feelings too! You can't change anything on your own anyway! Cows, pigs and chickens would multiply and spread like a virus! Ahhhhh... I want to stick to my habits - but I also don't want other people, animals, the environment and my own health to suffer as a result."
Habit, taste, tradition and convenience are certainly the most commonly mentioned and also most honest arguments for the consumption of animal-based foods. However, they are all quickly invalidated. Not least because they are usually are based on personal habits and come across as rather egotistical.
Informed Veganer:innen annoy thus surely so much, because there is simply no chance to triumph in a discussion against them. Quite simply because they stand up for the values that you basically stand for yourself. But because of the contradiction with one's own actions, one does not like to admit it.
The reaction? Either you find vegans annoyingYou admit to the contradictions and live with them - or you realize that you need to change something in order to bring values and actions back into harmony.
Still not convinced? In a separate post, I'll show you all of my personal Reasons to go vegan.
Vegans are annoying because they question habits
To most People find personal change difficult. In this case, there is even a threat of a significant Change that for most of us calls into question the behavior of several decades of our own lives. So it's no wonder that vegans are so annoying when they tell us, unasked or even when asked, that they are vegan for animals, for people, for the environment and for their own health.
So we all agree that vegans are annoying, right? Just forget that for a moment and ask yourself the following question: Which lifestyle is more in line with your personal values? The way of life that occasionally but regularly demands sacrifice? Or the way of life that emphasizes compassion, mercy and love for people, planet and animals? My answer was the latter. That's why I'm vegan now. And happy with it.
"Animals are my friends and I don't eat my friends."George Bernard Shaw (more at Animal welfare quotes)
Ultimately, however, the decision is up to you. Finally, I would definitely like to recommend theBook "Vegan is nonsense!"by Niko Rittenau, Ed Winters and Patrick Schönfeld. In it, all the typical prejudices against vegans are refuted in a logical and plausible way.Here you get it*.
Can you think of any other reasons why vegans are so annoying? Or has this article helped you to better understand the vegan lifestyle? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
PS: In the article Start into vegan life you can now get the best tips and tricks for a quick, entertaining switch to a plant-based diet or vegan lifestyle.
₁ Things explained - In a nutshell: Meat - The most delicious evil in the world, YouTube, 24.01.2019, Web, 11.04.2023 at 09:12, in: http://y2u.be/y6f3dwxexZM.
₂ DEUTSCHER TIERSCHUTZBUND e.V.: du und das tier, Rinder als Klimasünder (offprint), available at https://t1p.de/zpkd. [11.04.2023].
₃ S. Tonstand, T. Butler, G. Fraser; et al. (2009): Type of vegetarian diet, body weight, and prevalence of type 2 diabetes https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19351712. [11.04.2023].
₄ American Dietetic Association; W. J. Craig; A. R. Mangels: Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets (as of July 2009), available at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19562864. [11.04.2023].