Should Vegans Care that They Live Near Former Vegans?
Eating vegan is hard. It takes dedication to strictly adhere to any diet, especially one that cuts out big bricks of the food pyramid. It can be hard to eat vegan and stick to a healthy, balanced diet, and scientists are split on whether or not simply removing animal protein makes a diet automatically healthier. And once you realize that eating vegan includes trying cut out every food that has a minimum allowable amount of insect parts, the whole thing just gets exhausting.
But apparently being a former vegan is even worse. A new site called "Vegan Sellout List" is a state-based directory of anyone who used to be vegan and has since disgraced their gut with animal product. The goal of the site is to publicly shame anyone who ditches veganism (a pox on the first person who says "They should be ashamed about being vegans in the first place, AMIRITE").
Users submit the name, picture, city/state and description of anyone who has abandoned veganism, and throw in some wishes for harm to their person or property for good measure. Texas currently has only about a dozen defectors listed throughout the state, but with all the attention the site's been getting it's probably going to swell. Unless it turns out that people aren't vindictive and spiteful about the eating habits of others, in which case it's also a win for civility.
Vegan Sellout List is so geared to promoting the stereotype that vegans are bitchy and judgmental that it's hard to not discount the whole thing as parody:
Selling out veganism is a trend on the upswing, bringing with it swarms of haughty, nose-turning carnists uttering nonsensical buzzwords re: veganism being "privileged", or "trendy", critiquing themselves into ethical degeneracy and paleo-terrorism.
Laura Beck at Jezebel even speculates that it might be a sham devised by the meat industry or other meat enthusiasts. Andrew Simmons at LA Weekly thinks it's run by satirically minded omnivores. If it's in earnest, then what's the payoff? To keep current vegans in line in case lest the end up on the dreaded list? It certainly won't make anyone on the fence think, "Well, these folks seem like such a cheery and welcoming bunch, I'm gonna embrace it wholeheartedly."