Reproduced here for your reading pain/pleasure are a few snippets of what people have had to say about vegans or veganism in mainstream media this past week:
The Telegraph's columnist Liz Hunt didn't mince words on Tuesday as she shared her take on vegans:
An easy way to put vegans off a life of crime
I have yet to meet a vegan I like. They are smug, humourless, self-obsessed, self-righteous individuals, who spend every spare minute proselytising. Celebrity vegans are bad enough; take the hatchet-faced Stella McCartney, the supremely irritating Gwyneth Paltrow, and the loopy Heather Mills. The latter even allows her daughter to accost non-vegans and inform them of the wickedness of their ways.
Now, with news that vegan prisoners have won the right to ethically-sourced toiletries, and are demanding leather-free shoes to boot, I discover they have a criminal class, too.
Quite why they need suntan oil and facial scrubs, let alone lipstick, while doing time, isn’t clear. But can I suggest that instead of pandering further to this miserable group of lags, we dress them in leather head to toe, send them to work in an abattoir, and force-feed them from the menu of an Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse. That would be a deterrent with bite.
Her rant is no doubt in response to this recent news story. I really feel concern for people who give in to displaying this much animosity and often wonder what's behind it. I get it that 'snark' is hip and sells copy, but this much vitriolic disrespect just makes me squirm a little.
According to an article in yesterday's Kentucky Post, a recent nationwide School Nutrition Association survey of 1200 public, private and charter schools in the United States "found that [only] 20 percent of cafeterias offer vegan meal offerings, which contain no meat, dairy or animal products". It's absolutely unacceptable that 80% of American schools surveyed don't provide students with options that don't involve the use and slaughter of nonhuman animals.