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How can i not be afraid to speak up when i see/hear of sonething that i don’t agree with?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Rory17, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Rory17

    Rory17 Member

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    Hi,
    I am pretty much vegan, and I am a caring animal advocate. However, when I hear about or see something I don’t agree with, I usually don’t speak up about because I’m afraid that my mum and/or the other person in question will get angry. I’m sensitive and afraid of my mum’s anger. I’m 22, but I still live with my mum, who gets angry a lot and is frequently stressed.
    For instance, when I’m out by the beach and I see someone fishing (which I don’t agree with), I don’t go up and speak with them about it because I’m afraid of them and/or my mum getting angry about it, and I’m afraid they’ll say something that will upset me (I have anxiety issues relating to animal rights).
    When my grandad came in just now and said about baby pheasants being taken, he also said “horrible things they are” (in reference to other animals, possibly seagulls). I didn’t speak up, but I was anxious.
    In regards to other people having their own opinions, I believe that everyone should have a right to their own opinion providing they are compassionate and are not hurting, harming or killing (or contributing to the death/suffering) of any other *sentient* being. I believe that every human should be forced to be vegan, except for those who need to be non-vegan in order to survive and/or ensure their wellbeing and/or the wellbeing of others (e.g. Inuit, people who might be stranded on a desert island or in the wilderness with no other choice). I would have sport fishing banned. I would have all unnecessary hunting and trapping banned. I would have the unnecessary consumption of meat and fish banned. I would have the cruel practices of the dairy, egg and wool industries banned. I wouldn’t want unnecessary violence towards people who abuse animals, hunt for sport, fish for sport, etc. though. I believe in compassion and kindness for all.
    I hope you don’t mind the long post.
    Please offer your advice as soon as possible, and please be kind and sensitive to my feelings if you can.
    Thank you.
     
  2. Jamie in Chile

    Jamie in Chile Active Member

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    Don't feel like you have to speak up every time (it would drive you crazy and alienate others) but do try to do so now and then.

    Try and approach people gently and in a questioning way rather than in a head on criticism. But also accept that others are not going to change.
     
  3. amberfunk

    amberfunk Active Member

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    I don't usually speak up because of my anxiety also. I don't like confrontation unless needed and I don't really like dealing with people who won't listen. I agree you don't need to speak up everytime.
     
  4. veganDreama

    veganDreama Member

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    I'm deaf and partially sighted. I can understand how you feel about animal cruelty. There is so much of it about and There isn't really much anyone can do about it. If only their was a politician who would be for banning animal cruelty.
     

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