Does Vegan Activism Need to be Perfect to be Effective?
There’s a reason why you’ll seldom see me critiquing various activist groups on this blog. I genuinely believe the greatest threat to veganism isn’t ineffective activism. It’s isolation. Isolation is the greatest threat to veganism.
The most common excuse (along with poor health) ex-vegans give for their decision to return to eating animal products is that they felt isolated and alone as vegans. And while the digital vegan community is one place where we can receive support, it’s also important to have real-world connections with other vegans.
Regardless of the form of vegan activism you choose, being active trumps perfection any day
Involvement in your local vegan community makes it far more likely you’ll continue being vegan. And while I may not feel some of the largest vegan communities do the best job ever at spreading the vegan message, they support they offer vegans is just as important, if not more important, than their reach.
If you’re a new vegan, don’t allow all of the discussion about the merits and shortcomings of various vegan groups prevent you from becoming involved. Find the group that best suits you, and start working with other vegans.
As vegans, we need to stop allowing the perfect to become the enemy of the good. There are a whole lot of ex-vegans out there that probably had the “perfect” vegan philosophy. But they gave up because they became isolated. Please don’t let that be you.
If you think “bad actvisim” is the biggest problem for vegan advocates, think again. And take a look at this infographic! Basically, if we could retain the 10% of ex-vegans and ex-vegetarians, we’d already be 12% of the population. And that’s a sizeable minority. There are already more vegans and vegetarians in the US than there are Mormons. Something to think about.
Infographic Source: Faunalytics.org
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