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Vegan dilemmas

ProVeg director Jimmy Pierson looks at a few everyday dilemmas that vegans face and suggests positive ways to deal with them

Living as vegans in a non-vegan world presents all manner of scenarios in which our convictions are challenged, and we’re routinely faced with dilemmas about how best to promote veganism to other people. Is the best way to navigate these situations to always stick to our principles? I would suggest not.

I’m a committed vegan of three and half years. In my personal life I do all I can to minimise animal suff ering and reduce my environmental footprint. But as a vegan advocate, activist and the Director of a provegan organisation, I am far more pragmatic in my approach.

My view is that, while I’m certainly not going to eat a beef burger just to keep the peace, there are times when we should perhaps consider compromising our moral position and/or softening our rules a little if doing so would have a better overall outcome for animals than rigidly being ‘right’. To me this is being pragmatic.

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