(Turun Ylioppilaslehti 2/2015.)
Can you survive a whole month without animal products? The “Vegan Challenge”, which was launched by Finnish animal rights associations in January, gained visibility in media and many celebrities as well as “ordinary people” took it. In the same time, counter-reactions emerged. According to many temporary and long-term vegans and vegetarians, a mere refusal of meat may expose a person to ardent verbal attacks from outraged carnivores.
Why is it so? Vegans are frequently portrayed as “elitist” or “forcing their beliefs on others”, although it is often the meat-lover who first starts preaching – and often with much worse arguments, such as sentimental moaning about how “delicious” animal flesh is. Is a vegan, first and foremost, an ultimate question-mark for the “eternal natural law” of abusing other species or for the basic naturalist view about people as mere urge-driven machines?