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What I like to call ‘the vegan pressure’.

What I like to call ‘the vegan pressure’.

I’m not sure if this is a ‘thing’, but it’s certainly an observation of mine, and I like to refer to it as: ‘the vegan pressure’.

Ideally, the whole world would go vegan in one day, and we would save animals, this planet and people living on it. However, realistically that isn’t going to happen.

I am sick of people referring to vegans as grass-eating psychos, because of certain individuals coming across aggressive towards non-vegans. While I definitely agree with the general vegan message, I think Freelee telling people that if they are not vegan deserve to die, is a little too extreme and not every vegan is as bonkers as Freelee. While I stand by her as a loud vegan voice, I don’t think the ‘vegan pressure’ technique will get us far as a movement.

No one enjoys militant vegans, even other vegans. 

Putting aside, what I ideally believe, I am happy to see people around me make small changes that better their lives, animal lives and everything else in-between. ‘Vegan pressure’ is a phenomenon that suggests that things are either white or black, which is certainly not true in this society. I’d much rather see someone integrate a full proof vegetarian diet and then slowly transition to a vegan lifestyle. As opposed to, have them go vegan out of the blue and then either binge a week later or not do enough research and keep contributing to the animal torture in other industries.

I have said it numerous times, but ignorance is the worst enemy of this society, and it doesn’t make you any better of a human if you shift from being an ignorant meat eater and ignorant vegan.

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Everyone makes mistakes, but there is a difference between not being aware of information, but continually doing your research and not just closing your eyes, blocking your ears with your hands and lallala-ing in a loud singsong voice.

‘Vegan pressure’ is something that didn’t really bother me until recently when one of my vegetarian friends confessed to me that she felt extensively guilty for not being a vegan. At that moment I realised that if this is how my friend was feeling, then there must be other people going through the same struggle.

While I can’t make you feel better and while I think you should give vegan lifestyle a go, I think it needs to be at the right time. You need to be ready and willing for the change. You’ll need the determination to fight cravings you might get or learn to deal with socially awkward situations when you are the only vegan in your group of friends, and there is nothing you can have on the menu. You need to learn to walk before you can run. For some people even vegetarianism in a vast change.

My advice to those ‘fetus’ vegans and other considering vegan lifestyle is this – don’t give in the ‘vegan pressure’, find your inner clock and deal with the issues one at a time in your own time and pace.

Stay kind to one and other and go vegan. 🙂

Originally posted August 3rd, 2016, edited November 23rd, 2018.


  1. January 16, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Nicely said! I had to slowly transition to a vegan diet myself. Luckily I didn’t feel too much outside pressure, it felt more of a decision I made myself. I’d never heard of freely before, it sounds like she’s pretty extreme! I would never wish that upon my meat eating friends. Great piece, do you feature your writing with any other sites at all?

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      January 16, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      I have mixed feelings about Freelee. On one hand I am not a fan, but she has such a large voice and she reaches massive audiences, which is important to raise awareness. No, I have just started this blog, I had a blog before, but I’ve left that in the past. 🙂

      • January 17, 2017 / 3:25 pm

        I understand, it is definitely important to spread the message you’re right. If you’d like to feature some articles with us at creators.co then feel free to shoot me an email here – mike.fleck@creators.co

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