Don’t you know that HItler was a vegetarian and I once met a vegan who wasn’t very nice to me, so that’s why I can’t go vegan. Of all the excuses people use, this is perhaps the most absurd, or some of the most absurd ones that we hear as vegans. Now let’s address the Hitler side of the argument first, now there is some evidence that suggests that Hitler was a vegetarian, but there’s also evidence that suggests he wasn’t a vegetarian, and in fact that it was just propaganda. But either way, let’s say he was a vegetarian – what difference does that make? This argument seeks to align veganism with Hitler and it suggests that people who go vegan, or at the very least just go vegetarian are somehow aligning themselves with Nazi ideology. But if we think about it, even if Hitler was a vegetarian, there were many more dictators that have existed throughout history that weren’t vegetarian and ate animals, people like Mussolini and Stalin. These people certainly weren’t vegetarian and they definitely weren’t vegan. So if the excuse is ‘we shouldn’t go vegan because Hitler was a vegetarian’ then we also shouldn’t be non-vegan because Mussolini and Stalin were both non-vegan. So if we move the argument onto the next part, which is: ‘I once met a vegan who wasn’t very nice to me therefore I’m never going to go vegan’ or ‘I can’t go vegan and therefore I’m somehow morally justified to pay for animals to suffer and die.’ Now we’ve all met people that aren’t very nice, and just because a non-vegan once met a vegan who wasn’t very nice to them doesn’t mean they get to disregard veganism as an ethical and moral way of living. And it definitely doesn’t mean that that non-vegan is morally justified to pay for someone else to butcher, mutilate and kill an animal on their behalf. Now as I said, we’ve all met people who aren’t very nice in the past. I once met a woman in New York who was very nasty to me and said some horrible things but that doesn’t mean that I’m therefore morally justified to dislike all New Yorkers, or indeed all women just because a woman who was from New York was nasty to me. Likewise, I once had a ticket inspector on a train who mistakenly thought I bought the wrong ticket. Again, he wasn’t very nice to me – does this mean I’m morally justified to dislike all ticket inspectors, or indeed all men just because a male ticket inspector was once not very nice to me? So I think the reality is, when a vegan isn’t very nice to a non-vegan, it’s normally because the non-vegan is justifying, or trying to justify killing and eating animals for no necessary reason. Vegans get offended when non-vegans try to justify killing an animal because we see these animals as individuals. We see these beings as individuals who suffer and want to live. So when someone tries to justify taking the life of an animal when they don’t have to, it upsets us. I think what we have to do is get some perspective. The things that we do to animals – we forcibly impregnate them; when we mutilate them; when we butcher them; when we exploit them; when we enslave them and when we take them to slaughterhouses to kill them – is far worse than anything a vegan could ever say to offend someone, is far worse than words, is far worse than conversations and disagreements and arguments we have to get some perspective and understand that even if a vegan says something to you that wasn’t very nice and even if it was genuinely nasty and uncalled for, that still doesn’t justify causing so much suffering and pain onto an animal who has never done anything wrong and only wants to live their life in peace, harmony and tranquility. So even if someone was nasty to you, it still doesn’t provide justification for you to inflict pain, suffering and death onto an animal that had no part in that conversation and just wants to live their life.