Today we would like to continue our in depth analysis regarding our study on Vegetariansm & Veganism in Romania. If you would like to discover the study as it is, make sure to follow this link.
This time we'll mainly focus on the attitudes of Non-Vegetarians or Non-Vegans towards the ones that chose a different lifestyle, on their interactions and on the variety of reasons for which people tend to give up on consuming meat or other products from the same category.
Vegetarians & Vegans related attitudies 1/2
There is a general agreement Vegetarians & Vegans are trying to „convert” others, but seemingly in a gentle manner – all parts agree their lifestyle is not bothersome for rest of the people. However, there are some potential tension sources - Vegetarians & Vegans also feel to a higher degree that Non-Vegetarians believe they consider themselves better than others because of the implicit moral superiority of reduced meat consumption.
We also notice a potential barrier for Non-Vegetarians – the belief that, relatively speaking, is hard to have a nutritious Vegetarian or Vegan diet.
Vegetarians & Vegans related attitudies 2/2
We have the most likely cause of the self-righteousness perception differences - Vegetarians & Vegans see themselves as more altruistic than they are perceived by the Non-Vegetarians, more concerned about animal, planet and humankind welfare.
These factors are driving the moral superiority position of reduced meat consumption, position which can fuel conflicts with inveterate meat eaters; fortunately that’s not the case in Romania, at least not yet.
It’s clear that Vegetarians & Vegans are more sensible about interactions related to their lifestyle.
On the other hand, like in most majority – minority interactions, is not surprising that Non-Vegetarians are not paying too much attention to this subject and see it as more benign.
Reasons for choosing this kind of lifestyle
Non-Vegetarians have guessed the top reason for Vegetarians & Vegans to reduce or give up meat and animal-related food consumption, but they usually overestimate the reasons’ importance, excepting Environmental protection / saving the planet reason.
Anyway, health is clearly the main reason triggering such a change in diet & lifestyle, followed by 2 altruistic reasons (environmental protection & animal rights).
No matter what, it's clear Vegetarians & Vegans are here to stay and not just that – everybody agrees on this. Naturally, Vegetarians & Vegans are more optimistic about their ranks growth.
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