Why do people continue to conflate compassion to veganism? To be vegan is a moral baseline. It’s choosing to be ethical and just. To choose not to contribute to something evil does not mean you are being compassionate. Compassion is going out of your way to help someone. If I were to refrain from kicking someone in the street, that does not make me compassionate.
Can we stop acting like vegans are suppose to be some kind of compassionate, non judgmental being?
~ Tara Moon (June 8, 2018)
Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold. Oh, I’ll accommodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a “vegetarian plate,” if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.
~ Anthony Bourdain (2000)