Where Are All the Long-Term Vegans?

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In relation to some of the things I’ve been struggling with lately, I’ve also been wondering a fair bit about something that has always puzzled me over the years: where are all the long-term vegans?

Sure, I know a few who have been vegan for years and years, but things are definitely skewed in the more recent end of the spectrum when it comes to how long the people I know have been vegan. To this day, lots of folks continue to be surprised when I say I’ve been vegan for nine years or so, and I often wonder why. For me, it just feels natural now, and I can’t imagine why I would have stopped at some point.

However, the thing that I question doing a lot, especially these days, is my level of activism. With that in mind, I took to YouTube to talk a little about why I’d love to know where those who have been involved in vegan activism for the long term are, and how great it would be to connect with some of them.

Of course, if you know any long-term vegan activists, or you are one yourself, feel free to drop a comment below and say hello!



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  1. Robert wrote: Apr. 02, 2017

    I have been at it for about 15 years. I think we met you briefly in Portland at Vida Vegan Con. “Activism” these days is mainly limited to wearing t-shirts, occasional chalking, and occasional restaurant reviews so that the v word pops up when people google a particular cafe/restaurant. Somehow I have developed a reasonably good search ranking for this.
    As a salary earner I have also financially supported various advocacy groups, individuals, and animal sanctuaries.

    • Ryan wrote: Apr. 02, 2017

      That sounds like a fine bunch of things to do in my books! Also, I think we did meet in Portland. 🙂

  2. Caroline wrote: Mar. 26, 2017

    My husband and I have been vegan for close to 30 years and our 21yo daughter has been vegan since birth. I like to joke that you kids don’t know how good you have it, being vegan in the internet age. When we were first vegan all we had was bad soymilk and a cookbook from a commune!

    • Ryan wrote: Mar. 27, 2017

      Hi Caroline,
      That’s great to hear for all three of you! Would you consider yourselves activists as well? Personally, I’m struggling with remaining active in the vegan/animal rights community, especially through the magazine, but my determination to remain vegan isn’t wavering. So, I’m wondering how people maintain their involvement in protests, community groups, etc. for the long term, even when it might feel like it’s going nowhere?

      As for the bad soy milk and a commune cookbook, I can relate somewhat! I went vegan nine years or so ago on the East coast of Canada, and the options then were not the greatest, especially back in my home town of less than 5,000 people. To think about how it all is now (so many cheese options!), I quietly laugh in response to when people tell me being vegan must be hard! Obviously, there’s a privilege to that and I know it’s still hard for many, but as a white guy who spent most of his vegan years in North America, veganism has become a cake walk these days.

      Great, now I want cake…

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