I’ve collected some of the more frequently asked questions that I have been asked over the years, some about the vegan lifestyle, some about how to actually go vegan, and some more general ones (including queries about the Fox Eyed Man). This page is sure to grow over time, and as my audience I would very much appreciate your input! If there are questions you feel are big and common that aren’t on the list, and you are sure that other readers would benefit, then please contact me and I will make the changes.
- “What issues do you focus on as an activist?”
I try to look at a variety of issues from around the world, usually with a focus on human and animal rights. One of my biggest missions is to dispel misconceptions about veganism and explain why it is actually extremely important for preventing environmental collapse. However I do not ignore the internal issues we have as a species, such as inequality and racial discrimination. I am an anthropologist by trade so the social issues we face today are an area of focus for my professional career as well as my life as an activist.
- “How do I become an activist, and do you have any tips?”
Becoming an activist is a commitment that can take up a little or a lot of your time. If you are as passionate as myself then it will be the main focus of your life, but boy is it rewarding. The first thing to do would be to seriously think about what issues you want to be your focus. Then I would strongly advise researching these subjects inside and out, considering different perspectives as you learn, so that you can confidently say you understand what you are fighting for.
Starting your career as an activist can happen right here and now if you wish, simply jump onto your social media platform (my personal favourite is Twitter) and look for some activists/groups, see what they are sharing and get an idea of how to use your social media as a sort of soapbox to shout from. If you want to take your fight further, then look for local groups and events to do with your subject that you can join in with. They’re a great way to meet like-minded people and get a taste of what being an activist could be for you.
- “Why is veganism necessary to be an environmentalist?”
This is a view shared by many true environmentalists around the world. The reason for this is that many environmental issues are trivial compared to the negative impact of animal agriculture. The amount of water, food and land resources used to support animal agriculture is insanely high, and the amount of waste, emissions, and water/land pollution is just as worrying. For example it takes around 1000 gallons of fresh water to make 1 gallon of milk, water that is in very short supply for people around the world. You can read a more detailed account as to why veganism is a necessary component of environmentalism here in my No Nonsense Guide.
- “How hard is it to actually go vegan?”
Many people share this misconception that going vegan is extremely dificult and limiting, but it simply isn’t true. The main problem is that instead of just trying new things, people desperately try to emulate their old diet with vegan alternatives. These products are getting better and more plentiful everyday, but they are still usually quite limited and I believe this is where the ‘expensive veganism’ myth comes from.
The trick is to take a completely fresh approach to the way you eat. There are many fruits and vegetables available that make wonderful meals in themselves, but you can use a huge variety of accompaniments such as rice, pasta, potatoes, bread and more. For example, my favourite meal is a chili (that for all intents and purposes is the same as chili con carne, except the meat of course) made with mixed veg and beans, spices and of course tortillas! You can be as creative or simple as you like, and there are more and more vegan recipes and treats available every day. When it’s all said and done, if you actually imagine taking the meat and dairy out of your daily meals, for all the good it does for everyone, everything and your own health, not much is actually gone is it?
- “Who exactly is the Fox Eyed Man?”
The Fox Eyed Man is the alias I use for my activism. Many, many people have accused me for being a coward for hiding my face, and I can’t blame them really for thinking that since it was my social anxiety that lead to me using the mask as a way to build up the confidence to speak out. However, even though my confidence has definitely grown since I started speaking out, I decided to keep the Fox Eyed Man around as an emblem of my beliefs and a constant reminder of the ideals that took root all those years ago. The character has also become integral for the expression of my views and opinions through the artwork on this site, there’s something fun and entertaining in seeing my old mask with a life of its own in my cartoons!
I hope your questions have been answered, if there is anything else you feel should be added to this ‘frequently asked questions’ page then please let me know, and thank you for reading!
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