I recently had someone say to me: “I’m surprised you don’t do yoga. I thought you were vegan!”
I have also had similar comments over the fact I prefer black tea to green tea and that I frequently enjoy a good pint of beer. I am well aware that there are tea companies who test on animals and that all beer isn’t vegan, and I take these in to consideration when I make my choices. However, these details are not what the people who made these comments were referring to. Rather, they were referring to the fact that I don’t conform to some set stereotype about what a vegan is–apparently someone who does yoga, sips green tea, and doesn’t drink alcohol.
I’m not sure how this stereotype came about, but I am increasingly frustrated by it. I am vegan because I am against the exploitation of animals, and I do not want to participate in a system that treats animals as if they were property or commodities. Period. Yoga and green tea have nothing to do with it.