You’re not a vegan if you’re a freegan. Just my opinion. But you’re still eating meat and dairy products. Doesn’t matter how or where you got it from. You are showing people that it’s okay to do those things. Yeah. I’m a judgmental vegan. I care if people are eating meat and dairy products. Just like I care if someone is racist, or homophobic. Would you just let someone get away with being homophobic?? I dont think so. What’s the difference??
If you’re a freegan chances are we won’t get along.
but if you’re a judgmental vegan that’s okay
If someone throws away or otherwise wastes a powerful form of energy and health, obtained in a cruel and torturous way, I think it’s wrong to let the life or product of that animal become landfill or litter or just mold over. I think it’s horrible to support a cruel and devastating industry, but I also think it’s a travesty to let the life or product of an animal to be tossed aside. Scavenging veganism helps to counteract both these problems. Dairy gives me the creeps, and I’ve stopped liking the taste. But I will not let my ego get in the way of practicality and hatred of waste. I am a vegan, but I will power my body with and use items from animals if there is no other option for their use. I think it would be disrespectful/ impractical for vegans NOT to use this powerful form of energy if it is appropriate. Filling your belly with unwanted/trashed burgers at the fair means you save money and resources hunting down the noodle shop later.
also, oliver why is it not showing your post? everyone who reads this should read what they said too because its important- click through link to see full conversation
Also, the difference between homophobia and freeganism is I only let people get away with one of them.
im really kind of over the focus of veganism as what an individual puts in their body and not the net effects of that individuals consumption. the comment about disrespecting life by letting it sit in a dumpster is totally more compassionate than how i have felt i acted by letting a dumpster of meat and chicken and eggs and dairy sit there and just taking the veggies. sure none of us actually participated in the commoditization and destruction of those lives but i didnt do what i could to have made it less of a waste. grrrlfoxx makes the great point about ego: when we confront the fact that eating dumpstered meat provides just as much nutrition as buying tofu, but contributes nothing to an ecologically destructive system, whereas buying tofu does because we put money into motion, eating the meat is systematically more vegan.
i still personally choose to leave it for individual reasons, one being health, but calling it morality or trying to call other people out for it or telling them what they are or arent is out of line. if we’re talking about food systems we need to move our food politics beyond individualist morality. this isnt church