The majority of vegans won’t even consider dating a meat eater

Talk about being a picky eater.

A recent study of 7,400 vegans and vegetarians from around the world found that more than half of vegans (52%) and four in 10 vegetarians (39%) would not consider a relationship with a meat eater.

Moreover, around one in eight vegans (12%) would not even consider dating a vegetarian.

The study was conducted by Veggly, a popular global vegan and vegetarian dating app, likely filled with more peach and eggplant emojis than Tinder.

“For many vegans, their ‘veganism’ is a way of life, so it’s understandable that they don’t want to be with a partner who consumes animals or animal products,” the Veggly founder explained, Alex Felipelli. “A lot of vegans want to be with someone who shares their values ​​and their love of animals.”

“We think if the question was ‘Would you rather date a vegan?’ the result would be close to 100%.

This theory seems to be paying off, as several other vegan and vegetarian dating apps have also sprung up — including Green Singles, Veggie Date, and Veggie Connection — to cater to their users’ many food preferences.

Vegetarian diets eliminate meat from a person’s plate, while a vegan diet excludes all animal products, including eggs, butter, and cheese. A vegan lifestyle can go even further by avoiding “all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose,” according to the Vegan Society.

“Many vegans want to be with someone who shares their values ​​and love of animals,” suggested Veggly app founder Alex Felipelli.
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As the number of people switching their orders from meat-lovers to veggie-lovers grows – The Economist claimed veganism was “booming” in 2020 – the number of people looking for someone to share their salad and their ethics also increases.

And all of this has the potential to take her status from “As a couple” to “It’s complicated.”

“It can be difficult for a lot of vegans to have a serious relationship with a meat eater,” Felipelli told The Wall Street Journal last year. “It’s not just about food, it’s about lifestyle.”

Limiting your dating pool to only consider other vegans or vegetarians may seem as restrictive as dieting, but experts also agree it could be beneficial.

Judith Gottesman – matchmaker, dating coach and author – encourages singles to join more targeted dating apps.

She told the Post that she always advises people to “look for similar lifestyles, values, goals, and interests” when looking for a match.

“They really matter the most to be compatible,” Gottesman said of creating a more fruitful experience. “It makes sense: if you’re a dedicated, ethical vegan, you probably don’t want to spend your life with someone who eats animals.”

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