It's not my definition, it's the definition, according to the Vegan society: "Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose."I think it had something to do with the judgment . Not sure who here meets their definition of 'vegan'. Maybe someone in the vegan pets thread.
If someone said to you, "I have a bottle of wine." And you said, "Oh, that's actually grape juice - I know it's seems similar, but it's actually quite different," would that be judgement? Definitions are important. That's why we have a differentiation between vegan and plant-based. They seem similar, and like wine and grape juice, have a lot in common, but they are distinctly different.
If I come onto a vegan forum, I expect to hear from other vegans. I came here for support because I don't have any vegans IRL to talk to and I was desperate to connect with others who could relate. Instead, the replies I received just furthered the predicament I was hoping to receive support for: feeling alone and having others view my ethical choices as too extreme. It was tremendously disappointing and I feel more alone than ever.