Here is a good example of why people think veganism is a vain, shallow or pointless endeavor. And here is another way to discuss why that perception is incorrect.
When discussing veganism with people, you may encounter someone who brushes aside the idea because “it’s just another way of doing something good.” They will cite examples such as recycling, buying fair trade coffee, and composting to reduce waste as equally useful and compelling steps toward improving our planet.
At first, it sounds reasonable, especially if you are vegan to improve your health, lower your cholesterol, “go green,” or meet some other end or reach some other status.
Let me ask you something. If you were taking about the rape and murder of human children, could you imagine anyone even trying to compare those atrocities with recycling? With buying fair trade coffee? Of course not. Because juxtaposing suffering and death next to tossing your Pepsi can in a green bin is ridiculous.
This is the kind of power thinking like a speciesist (or racist or sexist) exerts over the ability to think clearly. And this is exactly why these people think vegans are flakes.
Wouldn’t you? Imagine a rabid acolyte telling you that recycling is so important, everyone should be doing it, you’re a monster if you don’t do it, and don’t you even care that some city you’ve never heard of is ugly due to plastic water bottles? Sure, you might think, but why all the theatrics? You do your part. Isn’t that good enough?
Bring it back to the speciesism. Highlight it. Don’t be distracted by minutia. Don’t fall into the pointless trap of debating how many tons of carbon are squirting out of an organic beet farm, how many thousands of studies have come out this week showing eating animal meat will clog your veins and give you cancer (if you don’t get sick from E. coli or salmonella first). All that is true, but is misses the point.
Common do-goodery has no place in comparison to the killing of animals, human or not.