By Mariana Collette
A vegan is someone who has a 100% vegetarian diet. They do not mix plant and animal products. They don't eat anything that comes from an animal - even CHEESE. Vegans are great. They are so self controlled. Even with all the food in the world in front of them, they still manage to eat only vegetables and legumes! Amazing. I can't imagine being able to do that. If I even smell bacon, I have to at least have a lick of it and if I see ice-cream....well....I need to have a lick of that too. All the best people are vegans. Ellen DeGeneres is a vegan. Fiona Apple is a vegan. Woody Harrelson is a vegan. Anne Hathaway is a vegan. Bryan Adams is a vegan ( I'm not sure if this counts).
Vegans care about the environment. They don't eat any animal products because they don't want animals to be exploited. Vegans are great because they are nice....and caring and they stand behind their values. Actions speak louder then words. It's really not their fault that they are boring at dinner parties and you don't want to invite them around because they are hard to feed. We should respect them, not pretend that we forgot to tell them about our wee barbeque get together. We should welcome them and not look down on their weird vegan snacks that they bring on a plate to gatherings.
The reason I admire vegans is because they stick to their beliefs even though it is HARD. It is harder to eat out when you are a vegan as cafes and restaurants don't cater as well for vegans as they do for vegetarians.
Vegans are of sound body and mind. Supposedly, they get all they need from their diet. Plants are good sources of iron, calcium, vitamin D and all that other good stuff.
Did you know that the word 'vegan' was invented by an Englishman named Donald Watson? He lived to be 95 years old!!! That is a good advertisement for vegans, don't you think?
Oh and also, vegans are better than everybody else :)
By Lisette Prendergast
Bloody vegans. For goodness sake isn't bad enough to just be a vegetarian? I mean come on, didn't somebody once say "A life without bacon is a life not worth living"? (No? Well they should have!) But then there are those who choose to shimmy even further down the rabbit hole. They don't just swear off delicious crunchy bacon but they wave goodbye to chocolate too, and most of the buggers do so with smug poise.
Yes, OK, I am jealous. Jealous of their restraint. I too have at various times in my adolescence and after seeing such films as Food Inc and Fastfood Nation, vowed never to eat meat or animal paraphernalia again, but sooner or later (usually sooner) I break and tuck into a ham sandwich or slice of pepperoni pizza. Personally I don't have food restraint. Even if I know something to be incredibly uncruel and also delicious, delicious wins hands down. It wins hands down every single time.
I guess this is why vegans bother me so much. They are so freaking self controlled and some of them so damn high and mighty about it all. Dedicated vegan Natalie Portman once said that she would not even wear leather because of the cruelty to animals factor. WELL let me tell you! I'm pretty sure if Ms Portman found herself stranded on a snowy mountain range in one layer of clothing and someone offered her a toasty warm leather jacket, she would gladly pop it on! So too would a vegetarian eat fish if he were shipwrecked on a desert island with nothing but his scaly sea friends for sustenance. Alas, such things are highly unlikely to be proven.
Another thing that bothers me is when pro-veganists argue that not eating animals and their products reduces carbon emissions. Ok, so if not drinking milk for example somehow reduced the demand, thus reducing the supply, which led to less cows and less methane production and less milk therefore less transportation of milk etc, even then it doesn't add up. You know why? Legumes. Vegans eat legumes like they're going out of fashion. Canned legumes. Legumes canned in a big factory and possibly grown overseas and shipped to New Zealand. Thats a whole wad of carbon right there. Yes some Vegans may buy dried beans and soak them. All I'm saying is if you're arguing carbon emissions then all your food better support the same argument right?
One last thing. You know what the hardest part about being vegan is? Not talking about being a vegan! Hahaha. Am I right? You know what I mean, when you're at a party. It usually starts with the vegan asking in a pinched voice "Excuse me, what oil are these crisps cooked in?" and the hostess replying "Oh, are you allergic to something?" Thats when the vegans eyes light up with excitement because they get to respond proudly "No, I'm a vegan." (AKA better than all of you!)