Don’t get me wrong. There could be something to this vegan/vegetarian thing. Most of the ones I know don’t fit the stereotype of the anemic-looking, crunchy skeleton. In fact, a lot of them look rather healthy, at least five to ten years younger than their age (even the white ones).
The only annoying part seems to be their constant griping about how we omnivores are callous because we won’t bow down to their superior dietary choices or accomodate them at every single venue and opportunity. I do respect their choices most of the time. For example, most of the recipes I collect have notations for vegan and vegetarian alternatives. Though there are times when a particulary preaching vegan makes me want to shout, “Hey, I didn’t put a gun to your head and make you stop eating meat! I didn’t come into your house or a vegan restaurant and demand a porterhouse cooked bloody rare so get off my case!” I mean, a Jewish or Muslim person wouldn’t walk into a BBQ joint demanding something kosher or halal.
Let me reiterate; I do not believe all vegans are like this. You have to admit that there are many out there whose need to convert us omnis borders on the fanatical. They advocate with a zeal seldom found outside fundamentalist Christian circles. In fact, I bet if you go to any evangelical blog and switch the word “Satan” with “meat” and the “christian” with “vegan” there would not be that much difference between the posts.