Eid Mubarak!! On this day, when a billion Muslims celebrate by violently slaughtering tens of millions of animals, I wanted to tell you about my “journey” as a Muslim vegan. And why, despite being vegan myself, I really can’t stand a lot of other vegans. In particular, “Ethical Vegan” activists, who have turned their lifestyle choice into a religion – complete with dogma, virtual witch-hunts, inquisitions and excommunication.
You probably played this video
because of the clickbait title.
And yeah, it’s clickbait.
But it’s also true.
I’m a vegan and, a lot of the time,
I can’t stand other vegans
Now, to be fair, most of the vegans
I know personally are fine.
I get along with them no problem. They’re good people.
But, there’s a strain of militant veganism that I
just can’t stand, and it’s especially prevalent online.
You see, for me, my veganism was always
a personal choice. Not an “ethical” choice.
I’ve never claimed to be an ethical vegan,
and I’ve realized it was the right way to go.
Because some of the most unpleasant, judgmental
people on the internet seem to be vegan activists.
For many vegans nowadays, their lifestyle
has basically become their religion.
And, wherever you have religion,
you have fundamentalists.
Judging people, and condemning people, and trying
to prove that they’re holier than everyone else.
So you’ll hear them say things like
“Oh, you’re not a real vegan! I heard you ate some
mayonnaise like two years ago. You’re a fake vegan.”
Or how about…
“Do you know even fake leather is unethical?
Because people will see it and they’ll admire it
and that’s going to inspire people to buy real leather!!”
Or the best one of all – this is my favourite –
“You’re supposed to be a vegan.
How dare you feed your dog meat!?”
“Call yourself ethical? You murderer!!”
Now you might even think I’m joking about this. I’m not.
These are the kinds of things that
vegans argue about online.
Seriously, there are some deranged
f***ers out there in vegan-land.
Who want people to feed their dogs
and cats plants and vegetables!
And all of you outside the vegan bubble
can see that’s idiotic.
And, actually, a lot of vegans understand that it’s idiotic.
And it’s idiotic because it’s unscientific.
Scientists tell you that, in nature, there’s
something called “The Food Chain.”
And as part of that food chain,
carnivorous animals eat other animals.
That’s how it’s worked for millions of
years before human beings arrived.
And it will carry on happening
long after we’re all dead.
If you’re advocating for better animal welfare
then I can absolutely get on board with that.
And I’ll absolutely applaud you for it.
But if you’re advocating for ANIMALS to
stop eating animals then you’re a moron.
Because the existence of life on
this planet depends on death.
And it always has, and it always will.
That’s the nature of reality and none of
us has the power to change that.
Trying to impose your own morality on animals
- who are incapable of making moral choices –
As it happens, it’s also exactly what
a lot of religious people try to do.
There are Muslims who insist their
pets are only fed halal meat.
There are Jews who only feed their
cats and dogs kosher.
Do you think those pets care about that!?
Religious people are usually idiots.
And veganism is turning into a religion.
That’s why vegans say stupid things.
Now there will be vegans out there
who respond by saying:
“Oh Jay, you’re just not as ethical as we are!”
And you know what? I’m not going to argue with you.
Because arguing with religious people about
who is more ethical is a waste of time.
And it’s the same when it comes to arguing with vegans.
But I will tell you about my “journey”
(if you want to call it that).
I became a vegetarian at the age of five.
That’s more than 30 years ago.
As a five-year-old, I decided
I didn’t want to eat dead animals.
And, as soon as I learned where eggs and honey
came from, I stopped eating eggs and honey too.
And it wasn’t easy for me.
Firstly, I’m a child. So I have almost zero
control over what I was allowed to eat.
So, I basically became malnourished, because
my family absolutely refused to accept my choice.
Which brings us to the second
challenge I had, which was ridicule,
I grew up in a conservative Muslim family
living in a conservative Muslim community.
You’ve got to understand that killing animals
isn’t just optional if you’re a Muslim.
Animal sacrifice is part of the religion.
The Prophet Muhammad told us to sacrifice animals,
and he told us to be happy while we do it.
He said: “sacrifice them with a HAPPY heart”.
You think it was easy growing up trying to
live a plant based life in that community?
It was hard. Really hard.
They are serious about their religion, OK?
Anyone who leaves the religion is supposed to be killed – executed.
This is not a community that accepts free thinkers, OK?
So, how do you think they reacted to a small child
disagreeing with their sacred prophet?
You can probably guess!
I mean, there were times when I was told
I could either eat meat, or I could starve.
And, even as a five-year-old, I chose to starve.
Because I’d made my choice and I was sticking to it.
So don’t come to me with your holier-than-thou, judgmental, vegan bullshit.
Have you ever been force-fed meat because
“God wants you to eat meat, little boy!!”?
I suffered for my principles, both
physically and emotionally, OK?
But, at the same time, I never judged other people.
I never berated anyone for their decision to eat meat.
If people asked me about it I’d
tell them why I didn’t eat meat.
But, I never actively tried to convert anyone.
When it comes to MY veganism, and in fact when
it comes to my life choices in general, my rule is simple:
I don’t judge you. And I don’t give
a shit about YOUR judgment.
Go tell it to someone who cares about your opinion.
I couldn’t care less what you think, vegan activists.
I’m just happy to let people choose their own path.
And you should be too.