According to a recent thread posted to Reddit, a 20-year-old bride took to a Facebook group called “Vegan Revolution” to share how she had uninvited any meat-eating people to her fully vegan wedding. Considering that veganism is a philosophy and not just a diet or even a lifestyle, it is consistent to qualify a wedding as fully vegan if only vegan people following this philosophy attend, but as many members of the public are prejudicial against vegans or do not understand what veganism is, this woman’s decision has been criticised by the media.
It appears that the hostility she received from meat-eating friends and family for being vegan is what prompted her decision to uninvite meat-eating guests she had already invited. She wrote, “They have consistently attacked me and my partner just for being vegan. When I broke the news to them, all I got was attacked because I don’t want the weight of hosting people that still kill animals (the very beings we are trying to protect) at my wedding on my conscience…I’m sorry if that makes me ‘rude’ or a ‘b–ch’ because I’m not compromising my ethics.”
Despite the consistency of her decision, vegan sceptics and veganphobes have been using this case as an excuse to have a go against her and vegans in general as they have very little understanding of how seriously some ethical vegans take their philosophy. They probably would not have said anything if it was a case of a Muslim or Catholic bride only inviting guests following her faith, because they do not understand that we are talking about a non-religious philosophical belief which, at least in the UK, has been officially recognised as deserving the same legal protection than any religion.