Should Vegans Date Non-Vegans? – Episode 42
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The Bearded Vegans finds hosts Paul and Andy in a discussion dissecting all things vegan. News, reviews, interviews and in depth discussion of issues within the vegan community are regular features of the show.
This week The Bearded Vegans discuss food adventures in California before going into some vegan news and a review of Andy’s experience at the Animal Rights Conference. After some Droopy Dog impressions, the episode concludes with an in depth look at the questions: should vegans date non-vegans?
Hampton creek $200,000 ad against Donald Trump
Animal Rights Conference Disruption
No No Burger (San Francisco, CA)
The Butcher’s Son (Berkeley, CA)
Question of the week:
Just wanted to say this was a great episode that I could really connect with personally. My wife, who I’ve been with for 11 years is not vegan and I have been the entire relationship. It’s definetly a challenge trying to eat at places but, as long as you and your partner have mutual respect and understanding, it can definetly work. She doesn’t Bring meat into the house and we cook meals together, which makes it easier for her to see how easy veganism really is.
Way back when, before I knew what I know now and was a vegetarian, I always dated non-vegetarians. They just weren’t that easy to find. Several of those exes became vegetarians while with me, and still are to this day. The reason? Not due to my manipulative wiles, I assure you. Instead, it was because I was attracted to individuals who were empathetic, and had a deep love for animals and the natural world, i.e. similar interests as me. We all know there’s a big disconnect between self-professed animal lovers and the reality of going vegan as a committed lifestyle. Some people don’t make that connection truly until they find a like-minded person to have deep discussion with on the subject, and share their passion. This easily translates to vegetarian (and hopefully vegan) transitions – not because vegans manipulate their friends and partners, but because they inspire them and spark self-understanding and self-improvement. I mean, sure there’s obviously a way to do it wrong – but just don’t be a dick, be supportive and full of information, and it often happens naturally.
Fast forward to my own vegan transformation, which happened while with my current partner. He was happy to listen to all the things I was discovering, to my horror, about how my vegetarian lifestyle was in fact NOT in line with my personal morality. I was clear that the vegan thing was my own journey. But he saw and heard the same things I was absorbing, and ended up coming to the same conclusion in time: being a vegetarian was not ethical, and just wouldn’t cut it if your primary goal in life is to do no harm.
Funny, but I think I’d say the same thing that you guys found in other comments elsewhere: now that I made this lifestyle choice and know that I’m going to stick with it for the rest of my life, I don’t think I could ever date a non-vegan again. It would be like dating someone who believed in God (with the capital G and everything!), or really wanted kids, or hated dogs, or any of my other non-starters.
Nice show! Lots to think about!