I’m an ethical vegan. That means I don’t use animals if I can avoid it, and I usually can.
I like to say that I don’t want to kill anyone unless I absolutely have to.
Any vegan–and certainly any vegan parent–knows that a major hurdle for non-vegans is simply that they haven’t experienced food that doesn’t contain animals, and they can’t imagine it would be tasty. Meanwhile, we vegans don’t consider animals as food. Clearly, there’s a gap to be bridged.
We vegans tend to use food as the bridge. Not low-fat, gluten-free, sugar-free food, but food that is accessible to them and that even looks like the “food” they are used to. All of the food here was made by me, usually for my daughter to take to some sort of function that would involve entirely non-vegan food.
I blogged, daily, for years, about veganism, TNR (trap, neuter, release of feral cats) and vegan parenting, at Animal Person. My position evolved dramatically during those years, from the belief that there’s such a thing as humane animal products, to realizing that there’s no humane way to kill someone who doesn’t want to die. Plus, I got caught up in a few dramas along the way and I’m not proud of that. But, that’s what happened!
For the purposes of this space, my intention is to help anyone interested in going vegan or helping someone else go vegan or vegan parenting (including dealing with schools and parties and play dates). Again, I am an ethical vegan, and I have no interest in discussing nutrition, “welfare,” or whether the existence of our canine teeth means anything. I am an environmentalist, as well, and the most important thing we can do to combat climate change is to adopt a plant-based diet (and to stop buying stuff, but I digress).
If you feel like my experience might be helpful to you, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put veganism in the subject line. Vegans, and particularly vegan parents, need all the support we can get.