Other Vegan Views articles
The Ignorant Layman's Guide to the Recognition of Typical Species of British Vegans by James Okell, Vegan Newsletter 10 (November 1976)

1: DIETARY EXPLORERS Determined to get to the Outer Limits. Unfortunately, those who go beyond fruitarianism seem to mysteriously disappear.

2: THE NATURAL BRIGADE Convinced that if humans were meant to drink coconut milk Nature would have put more accessible holes in coconuts - or given us bigger mouths.

3: PET LOVERS Often pose fascinating philosophical problems such as "Am I being fair to my pet alligator by feeding it on nutmeat?"

4: HEALTH-FOODERS Often discovered lurking in the vicinity of health food shops surreptitiously reading books like "Do you really have to be sick?".

5: CANDIDATES FOR SAINTHOOD Not generally renowned for their sense of humour, but are convinced that God, and the Vegan Society, are on their side.

6: ECCENTRIC SCHOOLTEACHERS Generally benign - but believe they have all the answers (not to mention the questions!).

7: AMATEUR MYSTICS Claim to communicate with cabbages - and can easily be aroused by the magic suggestion that they themselves in some sense exist as separate individuals. (That's a free bit of esoteric wisdom - for more, buy my latest bestseller "Esoteric Mysticism Exposed".)

8: THE SELF-SUFFICIENCY SQUAD A promising new species, but only the theoretical variety seems to abound as yet. Closely related to their carnivorous cousins, who are much more securely established.

9: ANGRY ACTIVISTS Determined to liberate everything, but are so altruistic they occasionally forget about themselves.

10: ASSORTED LAYABOUTS Not a pure breed this; there are many complex crosses present. Can be periodically and very briefly observed in the vicinity of Labour Exchanges.

11: HUMANITARIAN INTELLECTUALS Just have to be taken seriously.

12: ANIMAL LOVERS Very common. Have one slight, but well-known quirk: they often reserve a soft spot for humans.

13: RELIGION TRIPPERS Know that Jesus must have been a vegan, and hope to persuade the Pope to join the Vegan Society.

14: NON-JOINERS OF SOCIETIES Refuse to join the Vegan Society on principle. A trendy group this - non-joining being quite an 'in' thing.

15: JOKERS Comparatively rare breed. Have a tendency to inadvertently antagonise other vegans. Joking quite often suspected of being a cover-up for deep emotional complexes.