Individual wrote:Personally, I find veganism to be a form of dietary vanity. This is demonstrated by the fact that it seems that although many vegetarians aren't pushy, vegans seem to almost universally be militant PETA members.
What a sweeping general statement. Fact and "it seems", eh?
Although it's possible to have a well-planned vegan diet, in practice most don't, so they look anorexic and sickly, like cocaine and heroin addicts.
You're making more foolish statements.
And you typically need to be taking dietary supplements, which are expensive.
No, you don't. There are many Buddhist vegetarians who are actually vegan as they decline to take eggs and dairy (the latter still being kind of foreign to their diets to begin with).
They are healthy without having to take dietary supplements. The only concern is vitamin B12 which is probably over exaggerated as traditionally East Asian Buddhist monks and nuns were entirely vegan yet still lived long lives despite never taking supplements.
Even if you have to take vitamin B12 supplements they are not expensive.
If you eat the cheapest, healthiest diet possible (which would include meat in many western countries -- perhaps not in Asia), with the money left over you could more wisely spend it on charitable causes that would benefit other lives -- instead of complex ingredients for a vegan diet and dietary supplements.
You obviously don't know what you're talking about. Eating a vegan diet is cheap provided you cook for yourself. If you want proof look at Taiwanese Buddhism.
Like Hanzze says:Hanzze wrote:One more step forward is, just to take what is given
This is better.
"Please don't kill anything, but I will eat whatever you have for me".
If you're not willing to kill the animal yourself, why expect another to do it for you?