Many people often struggle when they become vegan because of unsupportive family members. Disapproval from non vegans in your family can be hard to deal with, especially when you are used to them always supporting your decisions.
As you may know, trying to talk to non vegan family members about veganism can be highly challenging and sometimes even impossible. Personally, I have had a terrible experience trying to educate my family about animal rights issues, environmental issues and health issues. I’ve now made a decision to no longer try to convince my family members that veganism is the right path for a peaceful, healthy and sustainable future.
It can be hard to come to terms with the fact that the people that you have so much love and respect for, could justify the mass murder of trillions of animals and the destruction of the planet we all share. For me, not having support from my mum has been the only challenging part about vegan. However, she has been drastically reducing her consumption of animal products in the past few months and I’m hoping with time, she will make the next step to veganism. I just have to just let her make the transition in her own time without ‘pressuring her’. Even though, all I’ve been trying to do since I’ve been vegan is to make her see the truth.
There is a huge difference between being wilfully ignorant and just plain ignorant. If people in my life are aware of the cruelty and destruction behind animal products and simply do not care, they are not the kind of people that I want to waste my energy. Most people would consider that to be over the top and dramatic; but trying to stop animal abuse is one of the most important things in my life. People wouldn’t consider me to be dramatic if I said that I didn’t want to associate with homophones or misogynists that oppress women? So why is not wanting to associate with animal abusers any different?