There are two type of vegans; true vegans and fake vegans. The true vegan is vegan for ethical reasons, to save the animals, they don’t need motivation because saving lives is all the drive they need and they DO save lives. The fake vegans, or the ‘Fakan’ has other motives, they may talk about the animals, but they are just trying to behave like a true vegan so people ‘buy’ in to their facade. Their motives are varied and differ, some will have multiple motivations; however, fame, vanity, money, and the trend follower!
They miss the whole point of veganism and the reason they chose to be vegan was not for ethical reasons, which I believe should be the primary reason, the outstanding health benefits are a bonus. Once you awaken to the truth of animal abuse, slavery and slaughter, you don’t want to be a part of it, and so strong is the repulsion you feel towards the appalling treatment of animals, you know you can never ever be a part of it again, because when you go to the shop to buy milk or pick up a piece of steak at the supermarket or have a cheeseburger at McDonalds, you are part of the abuse.
My interest in veganism did start for health reasons, as I learned about a whole food plant based diet, but the day I chose veganism was the day I woke up to the reality of animal abuse, torture and murder within the food / drink, beauty, medical and fashion industries.
I call it an awakening because once you are exposed to the truth something clicks in your mind, like a blind person with restored sight you will view everything and I mean everything differently including animals and people. You will then realise many of the horrors in this world are man-made. Conflicts, wars, human and animal abuse take up so much time, money and headspace that we are wasting our time living in fear, watching news stories of pointless wars and violence when we could be helping those in real need such as those suffering because of natural occurrences such as earthquakes, droughts, famines, diseases and tsunamis throughout the world.
The media vegans who have fallen off the vegan wagon, were never on the wagon to begin with, look at some of their you tube videos; they follow trends, they try the latest craze like water fasting, they are not about ethics they are about popularity and money. They are vein, superficial and down right fakes. Some of these so called ‘vegans’ have been exposed, Rawvana, a popular YouTuber with over 400k followers was caught on camera eating fish, she off course then posted a video explaining why she is no longer vegan.
Numerous others have made videos to explain ‘why I’m no longer vegan’, some give health reasons, but none of the reasons are directly associated with a vegan diet, they just use it as an excuse because they weren’t doing it for the animals, you can’t go from the realisation of animal slavery, torture, abuse and murder, then think its okay, because when you see the truth, only someone either not switched on or wicked would think it was acceptable.