My brother, who is three years younger than me (I am a teenager), seems to be very close-minded when it comes to the reasons for being an ethical vegan. He doesn't understand how the milk, egg, honey, etc. industries are cruel and often asks me why, so I give him a logical and clear explanation to which he just replies, "You don't have to take it out on me," for example, as if because I am vegan I am going to be pushy (you know the stereotype). Whilst I never push my views on him (I hardly ever talk about veganism unless he asks) I will answer his questions and tell him the truth about things, in a passive way. Out-of-the-blue he often says "Vegan meals don't appeal to me," as if he is creating negativity and making me feel bad. He also asked me about the health effects of animal products. After telling him he simply said, "I don't care if I get cancer one day, I'll enjoy my life while I still can." I think this is a really sad thing to say! Wouldn't it be a goal to live your life to the fullest, in abundance? Another thing I don't understand is that he doesn't think that exploiting sentient beings for meat and other animal products is cruel. I tell him I am vegan because humans do not have rights over other creatures and he doesn't agree with that. He doesn't believe that cruelty exists in these industries, and that animals are "killed quickly and painlessly". He tells me he has done the research and seen videos, but I don't think he has. I outlined that milk is for baby cows, and shouldn't be taken by humans, but he shook his head as if he couldn't argue and just said "I'm not interested." When he asked me why honey is unethical I read out an article to him that was clear, then asked, "Does that answer your questions?", to which he replied "No." This, to me is ironic, because aren't vegans the ones to be 'close-minded' (note the sarcasm )? Sorry for the rant, but does anyone else have to deal with people who know the truth about animal exploitation but don't really care? Or create negativity just because you are vegan? I know I have to be open to others' opinions and simply turn away, but sometimes it is hard because it makes me think my brother must be heartless!