I am waaaay late to this New Year’s party but Happy 2017 everyone! Thanks to all of you who’ve been reading my old posts while I’ve been procrastinating for the past two months.
Over the holidays, I encountered a few scenarios where someone, after finding out I was vegan, referred to me as an “animal lover.” Though attributing this label to me was not meant to be an insult, I find the term presumptuous, inaccurate, and as I’ve written before, dismissive. Not only that, but it’s become more of a statement than an expression, the kind I might have printed up on a business card like a Private Detective or Chartered Accountant: “Nicola Sark – Animal Lover.” The term paints me with a very broad stroke, enforces a stereotype, and doesn’t get to the heart of why I choose not to eat or wear animals. Continue reading