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Welcome to the Weekly Debate Post.

As a reminder, anyone (vegan or non-vegan) is welcome to participate in posts tagged as "Debate Thread". However, we do appreciate everyone being respectful and coming to the discussion with the goal of education and collaboration.

That Vegan Teacher has created a stir on social media (especially TikTok) with her confrontational activism. She had a huge following on TikTok (1.6m followers) before she was banned last week. The cause of her ban hasn't been made public, but she has said a lot of controversial things and had interactions with some pretty big name celebrities (Gordon Ramsey, most recently).

I think this prompts an interesting question, and one that comes up often in vegan activism. Is That Vegan Teacher helping or harming to the vegan movement? What do you think about some of her controversial statements, such as saying "Coming out as a vegan animal rights activist...is much more special than it is to come out as a member of the LGBTQ community" or comparing animal slaughter to the holocaust?

Welcome to the Weekly Debate Post. As a reminder, anyone (vegan or non-vegan) is welcome to participate in posts tagged as "Debate Thread". However, we do appreciate everyone being respectful and coming to the discussion with the goal of education and collaboration. That Vegan Teacher has created a stir on social media (especially TikTok) with her confrontational activism. She had a huge following on TikTok (1.6m followers) before she was banned last week. The cause of her ban hasn't been made public, but she has said a lot of controversial things and had interactions with some pretty big name celebrities (Gordon Ramsey, most recently). I think this prompts an interesting question, and one that comes up often in vegan activism. Is That Vegan Teacher helping or harming to the vegan movement? What do you think about some of her controversial statements, such as saying "Coming out as a vegan animal rights activist...is much more special than it is to come out as a member of the LGBTQ community" or comparing animal slaughter to the holocaust?

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[–] mathwitch 4 points (+5|-1)

I had never heard of her before this post. I generally avoid online personalities who center themselves around being vegan. The quotation you included is completely wrong-headed!

Coming out as a vegan animal rights activist...is much more special than it is to come out as a member of the LGBTQ community

Veganism or animal rights activism are things you do, not inherent identities. If they're important to you, share them, but if someone disagrees with you, that's not an attack on your identity.

Speaking to your larger point, I am generally much more supportive of activists who focus on spreading information about modern slaughter facilities and practices (which are not only horrific for the animals but also for the human workers) or who focus on advertising what variety there is for nutritious vegan food or vegan products. Maybe I'm brainwashed by having many close family members who eat meat, but I always regard success as people eating less meat or consuming fewer products tested on animals or using animal by-products.