Why don’t vegans accept your choice not to be?
This blogger expresses well the dilemma vegans face when friends, family and even strangers insist we accept and respect their decision to continue to support the animal exploitation industries.
Non-vegans will often wonder why vegans can’t accept their free choice to eat differently. They reason, “I accept their choice to be different. It’s unfair for them not to return the courtesy.” But the two concepts are not comparable.
Imagine that you went to a high security prison and spoke to an inmate, incarcerated for killing multiple people. You ask him how he feels about non-murderers, and he says:
“Urgh, I hate non-murderers. I think they should all convert to murdering. It’s the right thing to do.”
You’d be astonished, because that would be insane. In real life, your inmate friend would be highly unlikely to do this, because assuming he is unrepentant about the whole affair, he is an amoral agent in this scenario.
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