Terminology about vegetarianism and veganism has been co-opted. People have been using our language for things that are not about veg*nism. We all know about the raging debates amongst vegans about whether or not there’s such a thing as a “dietary vegan” but that’s not what I’m talking about here. Instead, I’m talking about outright lies. Take a look:
About half of all people who claim to be vegetarian actually eat animals. The Humane Research Council states, “A small proportion of U.S. adults (1-3% of the population, or 2-6 million adults) are ‘actual’ veg*ns, though about twice that number (4-6%) consider themselves vegetarian when asked by researchers.” source: HRC
Some people with eating disorders use vegetarianism as an excuse. The American Dietetic Association says, “Being vegetarian does not cause disordered eating as some have suggested although a vegetarian diet may be selected to camouflage an existing eating disorder” source: ADA
Many people call themselves “ex-vegetarians” when they increase their meat-consumption even though they often weren’t ever vegetarian! In a recent small study about the motivations of ex-vegetarians, the study authors stated that “Most participants ate some meat when they were in their vegetarian stage” source: scribd
Do you have any other examples of nonveg*ns and anti-veg*ns appropriating our terminology?