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Stocking Your Vegan Armor For Desert Island Conversations

by | December 10, 2018

Seemingly a vegan is constantly in danger of boarding a lot of risky plane or ship voyages that happen to be passing remote islands.  That’s because, as a plant-based person, there is every chance that at some point, a nonvegan has asked you to weigh up your ethical decision to live cruelty-free against the back-drop of impromptu desert-island living. 

Or maybe you’ve discovered that your colleague in payroll, is not only a qualified accountant but on discovering your veganism, is also a wannabe nutritionist. That’s just about the only thing that can explain their sudden interest in protein consumption when you casually bring up your veganism.

There seems to be, with at least some non-vegans, the effort to trip up vegans whenever possible.  The logic being that if one chink in the armor can be found, then veganism has been fundamentally dismantled and thus you should go and find a local swan for that afternoon’s cook-out by way of carnist redemption.


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Put another way, you accidentally drank cow’s milk in your coffee last week, so you in the rest of time eating ribeye steak three times a day?

While a vegan may inadvertently slip, through no choice of their own, that does not compromise one of the most fundamental core values of veganism – to limit, however possible, whenever possible, the misery, suffering, and exploitation of animals.

Even though veganism is undoubtedly on the rise, it can at times feel like you’re at odds with your friends, family, and colleagues at the best of times.  “You mean you don’t even eat cheese?” becomes an all too familiar question. 

However, and despite those occasional chinks in the armor, as and when they arise, we can always take solace in knowing that it’s the best suit out there to wear.  Despite what Anna in Accounts may have to say about you being a vegan.

Dave Hewitt

An Ohio-based British Masters post-graduate, and ever since I was a little kid growing up in 70s England, I’ve always hated animal cruelty and injustice, and vegan for six years. The sense of sticking up for the voiceless, the persecuted and the powerless remains as strong as ever. Married to Monica, my vegan life partner who works for NASA, we’ve been in Ohio since 2015, and have managed to drive on the other side of the road without incident thus far.


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