How To Talk To Non-Vegans Without Being An A-Hole

How To Talk To Non-Vegans Without Being An A-Hole



So we’ve covered how NOT to talk to non-vegans.
You know meat contains poop!
You know milk contains pus!
[cricket sounds]
Not my…proudest moments. But today we’re
going to talk about how TO talk to non-vegans.
I promise I won’t hit this time.
Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and welcome
to another vegan nugget. I’m asked all the
time about how to effectively talk to non-vegans,
or even pure “dietary” vegans to help them
make the connection or a deeper connection.
I’d argue that perhaps the most difficult
aspect of going vegan is the question of how
to relate to friends, family, and other people
who are non-vegan. As brand new vegans, your
eyes are wide open to all of these realities
you’d never before considered and you can’t
quite understand why everyone isn’t having
the same earth-shattering revelation. So communication,
especially grounded communication, can become
difficult, and what often comes out is either
unbridled overzealousness, militant anger,
incomprehensible sadness and crying fits,
or some other often bizarre attempt at expressing
astounding new realities you’ve awakened to.
While I do have some videos that touch on
this matter and the social and familial challenges
of veganism, which will be linked up there
and below, I haven’t yet made a direct video
response. Well it just so happens that in
the Q&A session for a speech I gave recently,
these very questions were once again posed.
I kept these answers out of the official Q&A
video for that speech as these are more geared
towards those of you who are already vegan
and are now trying to navigate the difficult
landscape of talking about veganism with others.
So I thought I’d share with you my on-the-spot
answers from that session, and I so hope that
they are helpful.
Yeah. Smack ‘em in the face. No…that’s
what I want to do sometimes. I have a video
where do I run around and I punch people.
I’m sorry, also just so you know I do this
twenty four seven though sometimes I sound
like that I have this video you know I live
on this computer so that always it
always comes out my mouth and I apologize
but so with non vegans again it’s going it’s
going to depend so much on the person and
where they’re at in if you’re walking down
the street you see someone eating a hamburger
it’s not going to be the time to be like “hey
you know…” but if you’re talking to family,
friends, loved ones or even at work what I
always tell people, people email me all the
time and say like you know how do I become
an activist? How do we start talking about
this and I think a lot of us think that we
have to do things like that we could have
we have to like do a presentation you need
to go you know talk to everyone and you do
these huge things we really there are always
these opportunities in daily life. These tiny
opportunities that we can take and I think
some of the most powerful activism happens
one on one with just even the smallest of
exchanges you know it can be I can be something
as simple as like if you have a friend who
is really into rescuing dogs and cats you
know maybe there there’s someone who is into
that they volunteer at the shelter or anything
and you can share maybe a story you heard
about like you know at a farm sanctuary where
sometimes pigs will jump off slaughterhouse
trucks and in the end you know they’re found
and people take them in and so it can even
be like “you know, I know that you’re really
in the animal rescue I heard about this you
know pig that got rescued you know here’s
this cute You Tube video of them even these
really like subtle ways of kind of introducing
the fact that you know what’s the difference
between this animal and this animal. In general
because I can’t speak to every situation and
every person I find the most effective manner
is meeting people where they are at, finding
that common ground like finding what their
interests are and where there is an entry
point because for each person that’s going
to be different like maybe there are super
health nut and they’re really wanting to like
cleanse or something you can kind of start
bringing in some information about you know
what animal products do to your body. If they
are a really huge environmentalist and they
recycle. And they bike everywhere you know
you can drop some of the facts that are just
astounding you know because that that can
really hit someone but I think in general
it’s kind of meeting them where they are at
and trying to make it as approachable as possible
and as non-confrontational as possible now
there’s a balance there between like I try
to be really approachable with my activism
but I will never compromise on the actual
facts and on their actual morals I’ll never
say oh it’s OK to do X. Y. or Z. because you’re
trying your best and there’s a there’s a way
to walk that line and it’s difficult at first
but kind of doing that of like being approachable
honoring where they’re at while not excusing
away behavior but we have to kind of try to
meet people where they’re at in and lead them
rather than expect them to be where we are
because once you go vegan and you do realize
all these things it’s almost unfathomable
that other people don’t see it you know. And
I think it’s very much like when we’re children
and the older we get the more we kind of forget
what it was like to be a kid and then we even
get awkward around children which is strange
because we were children you know like why
are we like what we don’t know how to talk
to kids even though we were kids and it’s
the same kind of thing when you go vegan you
become so distant from when you weren’t vegan
that it’s like how do I even talk to these
people you know I think a lot of the two is
trying to remember where you were at and remember
that like I said you’re going to get people
who are just aggressive and rude and not open
but a lot of people just don’t know any better
and I think it’s also important to be mindful
of the fact that, I get asked the same questions
millions of times like “where do I get my
protein?” things like that and it’s really
easy for me to be “Oh my God!” but I try
to think of the fact is this might be the
two hundred millionth time I’ve heard this
question this might be the first time this
person is finally asking this you know and
it may be coming from a very genuine place
like they really want to know and maybe they’ve
never asked before and they are finally deciding
to look into this and I don’t want to be the
person that’s just flippant and brushes
them off you know so I just try to always
give people the benefit of the doubt.
I hope this video was helpful. I’d love
to hear what you thought of my approach and
what approach you use. What seems effective
to you? If you’re non-vegan, have you experienced
conversations and communication methods that
were effective vs. not with vegans? Let me
know in the comments!
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Okay that one I’m kind of proud of.
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How To Talk To Non-Vegans Without Being An A-Hole


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