If I had a dollar for every time an uninformed journalist or person claimed that veganism is a cult, I would be a very rich woman. Not only is trying to make veganism a cult utter BS, but it’s yet another shit excuse to give people as to why they shouldn’t step up and do the right thing.
So, is veganism a cult? First off, let’s look at the 3 definitions google gives you for the word ‘cult’.
- a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
- a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
- a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.
Veganism is not religious, nor is it directed towards a public figure or object. It is a movement based on scientific research as well as ethical beliefs, and does not worship nor pray to any figure. In fact, a large amount of the movement are secular.
They are also neither a small group of people. There are more than half a million vegans living in the UK alone!
Although meat eaters may find our beliefs strange, as they are against the norm, there is nothing sinister about them. I believe eating the flesh, period and breast milk of other animals is a bit more sinister than veganism, don’t you agree?
And thirdly, we don’t admire a particular person or thing. We are a lifestyle/ social justice movement, with ideas and beliefs that don’t include any particular deity, leader, or object.
You would never consider calling any other social justice movement a cult, so why veganism? Black lives matter, LGBT, civil rights, all of these would never even be considered a cult. Yet, to call veganism a cult seems like no big deal.
We believe that we are not superior to animals, it’s as simple as that. Animals are not ours to use, entertain us, test on or eat, yet apparently this is too complicated for many to handle? We do not gain anything from this movement, and focus on equal rights. You love your dog, you shouldn’t eat other animals.
Like Black Lives Matter fights against racism, veganism fights against speciesism. There is nothing cult like about believing that we are no better than other animals, and there is nothing upsetting or offensive about it either.
Why do people call veganism a cult?
It’s all down to misinformation. If you don’t know much about something, you’re likely to draw assumptions and jump to conclusions. If you hear someone complaining about veganism being a cult, let them know the truth. That really, it’s a social justice movement, with its only goal being to improve the lives of people and animals across the world.