Debate exists in the animal advocacy community over whether or not we should buy vegan food from non-vegan companies. Do you believe we should buy their food? Or should we only support vegan companies making vegan food? Is it a realistic expectation for people who don’t live near a Whole Foods and do their grocery shopping at Target or Wal-Mart?
How are we perceived by people who eat animals who see us refuse to buy vegan food from non-vegan companies? Does that perception impact their view of the exclusivity and difficulty of veganism?
If vegans don’t support non-vegan companies selling vegan food, will demand for vegan food from non-vegan companies be significant enough to sustain their vegan food offerings and inspire the non-vegan companies to offer more vegan food products? Or if vegans help keep vegan products from non-vegan companies with familiar brand names on shelves, does it open the possibility for more non-vegans to try them? Could the demand even spur investments in more vegan options and a gradual shift away from animal-based foods?
Setting aside that ice cream is unhealthy, would you buy the new Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream? Would you recommend it to friends who eat animals? Why or why not?