Why are so many vegetarians/vegans so militant?


I was driven to ask this question by an article in the Telegraph in London.

An award-winning cafe has at hit out at “holier-than-thou” vegan customers saying they shouldn’t have to adapt their menu to “suit” customers who don’t eat animal products.

The Kitchen at London House on the Isle of Wight went online to defend itself against “nasty” and “bullying” vegans who were outraged at their decision to refuse to cater to their diets.

Addressing its critics, it said: “If you want vegan food, go to a vegan restaurant.”

The popular high street restaurant in Ventnor said that though it used to serve some vegan food, they decided to stop because of a “militant minority” that spoilt it for the majority.

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One user commented: “No vegan mains!!” to which the restaurant responded: “No!”

After responding to and defending their new menu choices, another user replied saying they were “trying your best to play the victim here”.

But others supported the restaurant’s decision, with one user telling disgruntled vegans, Nice to see vegetarian[s] catered for rather than being lumped in with the tasteless vegan nonsense that some slop up” and another writing: “Can’t wait to come visit”.

Just three days after their post announcing the menu, The Kitchen at London house wrote another post lamenting the “bullying” comments they received and explaining why they had stopped catering for “holier-than-thou” vegans.

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“We have in the past catered for vegans. Everything from Vegan cream teas, even had special Vegan bacon made so they could enjoy BLT’s amongst other things.

“We stopped. Why? Because we got fed up with the arrogant, ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude.”

Sally Cooper, the bistro owner who wrote the Facebook post, said that she made the decision to stop catering to vegans after staff started to get abused.

There’s more at the link (may disappear behind a paywall).

I saw something of this in my younger days.  I used to patronize a couple of vegetarian restaurants in Cape Town, South Africa, not because I was vegetarian, but because they served really good, tasty food that I enjoyed.  (Mushroom stroganoff, made with four varieties of mushroom in a rich, creamy sauce, served over wild rice pilaf… mmmmm!!!)  However, I couldn’t help but notice some of the patrons got all snippy when they heard others comparing the vegetarian dishes to equivalents with meat.  It was as if we’d committed some sin against purity and the One True Way by endorsing meat as a viable choice.  Since coming to the USA a quarter of a century ago, I’ve seen it get steadily worse.  There are some vegans who reject you as a person, as a human being, if you dare let a morsel of meat pass your lips.  I know – I’ve met them.  One was horrified that I could “describe myself” as a pastor when I ate “the meat of the lambs of God” (no, I’m not joking) and enjoyed it.  Oy!

Does anyone have any idea why vegans and (some) vegetarians should be so hard-line about their dietary choices?  After all, it’s not as if meat-eaters are forcing them to choke down a steak every week or two.  I don’t mind what anybody eats, so long as wherever possible, it’s sanitary and healthy.  Why shouldn’t they do the same?

I’m thinking seriously of giving an award to the next such militant vegans I meat (you should pardon the expression).  I’ll hang a medal(lion) (of lamb) around their necks!  (Cooked, of course – and I’ll even garnish it with garlic and mint sauce!)



  1. A vegan, a cross-fitter, and A Jahovh Witness all walk into a bar… they let everyone know in the 1st minute.

    More seriously; it is a kind of psychopathic vitue signaling you get from any cult. Part of the justification for their life choices is that they are making the *right* choices for the planet, whales, future, etc. – theybare better than you and have to do everything to try to stand above you. It is the same behavior that climate change activists, or any number of other lefty causes exhibit.

    It is small, petty people trying to prove theybare better than you to mask their own failures.

    1. Yes. The left is all about being better than others. How can you prove you are better? You earn points like it's a game.
      You can get points either by being a victim like a minority, gay, or a woman. You also get points by caring about stuff.

  2. I think they are angry due to their large intestines being perpetually clogged with roughage.
    Perhaps they have yet to realize that bacon is essential to a happy life.
    Either way, my rib-eye steak self identifies as soy.

  3. My daughter-in-law is vegan, but luckily she's not militant about it. She views it as a personal choice that she does not push on the rest of us.

  4. Low protein causes a neurological condition known as "Soy Tourettes", where lack of complete dietary nutrients causes a temporary euphoria, wherein the afflicted imagine themselves O so much wiser and virtuous than the unconverted, along with a marked drop in inhibitions, causing them the inability to filter out whatever stupidity springs to their lips, leading them to be unable to STFU about their "brilliant" dietary epiphany.

    People eating ribs and steak see the delusion for what it is, but as with most forms of mental illness and deficiency, the ones most afflicted suffer the most profound complimentary inability to see the problem.

    cf.: Dunning-Kruger

  5. As I was telling one of the workers at the fruit & vegetable shop I frequent (for they have a refrigerated section of properly smoked bacon), having some of that tasty fried bacon can instantly improve your whole day.

    I then explained that the Jewish state of Israel doesn't have bacon, and neither do the Muslim countries surrounding them. Naturally they aren't all that happy over there and there is a corresponding lack of peace in the Middle East.

    It all makes sense when you think about it.

  6. Whenever an uppity Vegan gets uppity with me, I ask them if they eat fake meats?

    The usual answer, loaded with condencending tones, is "Yes, but it's vegan meat."

    At which time I point out all the chemicals and artificial bullscatty that has to be put into whatever the base is that the fake meat is made of to make it look and taste like a poor imitation of meat. And that Mother Nature already provides food that has the look and better taste than their artificial stuff.

    Which usually results in them mumbling something about 'organic' at which time I point out that gasoline, by it's chemistry, is organic. That most toxins are organic. That viruses and bacteria are organic.

    Leftists hate me. I wonder why?

  7. As @Beans said, some folks spend a lot of time and trouble trying to make vegetables look, feel, and taste like meat. If vegetables are so good and meat is so bad, why go to all that trouble to make the vegetables seem like meat? To quote some famous guy, methinks they doth protest too much.

  8. Vegans are the only people who make a big public spectacle about their diet. People into the keto diet don't do this. Neither do those of us who like Italian or Japanese food. We do not expect every restaurant in the world to provide us with Japanese or Italian food. So why should the vegans expect every restaurant in the world to provide them with vegan food?

  9. Militant Vegans are insane, because they over-generalize their diet choice as applying EVERYWHERE. Obligate carnivores can't go vegan, etc.

    My blood absolutely boils when I read of vegan mothers who refuse to breast-feed their baby because humans drinking cow or sheep milk isn't vegan. Remove the child to a sane mother and ban the parents from being within 100 yards of children for the rest of their (miserable) lives.

  10. I like how Indians (dot-not-feather) handle this issue. They simply ask "Veg or non-Veg?", and everyone moves right along with no hurt feelings on either side. Their culture probably does a better job at this because the Veg folks are so for acknowledged religious reasons; plus, they've had a few thousand years of practice.

    Veganism has a lot of the trappings of religion without the wide-spread acceptance (or doctrines of grace, mercy, and redemption). Perhaps they just feel the need to proselytize?

  11. What!?!?! You ruined that lamb! One, by hanging it around a Vegan's neck and two, by using mint sauce. Give me the lamb, I'll appreciate it and just punch the Vegan in the nose for being an Ass. As for a sauce, either something Middle Eastern or something Indian Sub-Continent.

    I've only been around one Vegetarian that was livable and the rest are proselytizing their new religion. I don't proselytize my religion or politics and I expect the same out of others.

  12. Veganism is the anti-abortionism of the cultural left in the US.

    As with abortion, it's a question of how you assign moral relevancy; and as with abortion, people get extremely upset if you do not assign moral relevancy to the things they think deserve moral relevancy.

  13. I triggered the dot Indians at one client with my preferred morning snack, a long thick pepperoni stick that I would nibble on during the mornings before lunch time.
    Naturally, the female Brahmins complained about it, but since I was providing solid modeling support for about 50 H1Bs from India(and spent much of my time nursemaiding them), I was able to tell them to MYOB.
    Even more than meat, all of them(and their American liaisons, two pretty but woke young women) were triggered by my lunchtime reading, Shotgun News and Sports Afield.

  14. They are militantly following the doctrines of their religion.

    I Timothy 4
    1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

  15. As Borepatch laid out and others mirrored it's religious zealotry in the most simple of things. If you can't convert you most preach about how wrong everyone else is for not converting to your religion. Seen this a lot with Christians, of course with Islam obviously of late. And as with those religions, and climate change if you can't convert via logic and arguments you must go to the .gov of whatever century you are part of to inflict your views on everyone else. Think it's an accident or concidence that suddenly Bill *Ates and many other elites are now pushing for vegan or plant based diets?

  16. Veganism is a religious doctrine employed by some of the more militant members of the Left. It isn't healthy, it isn't pleasant, it isn't natural. You have to be a zealot to even contemplate trying the "lifestyle".

  17. I figure that if you can't raise children on a vegan diet without causing permanent problems, there is something terribly wrong with it. Unfortunately, by the time people notice and toss these idiots into jail, the kids are totally screwed.

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