Vegan publicly shames woman for buying a child a nonvegan ice cream

Child eating ice cream
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It’s well documented that cutting out dairy and meat can improve your health, and for many people, veganism is a ethical choice made out of a love of animals and the planet. But can adhering to a moral code go too far?

Some people are saying yes. According to a series of screenshots on Twitter, itsallzara, a vegan blogger, tweeted that she bought an ice cream for a little girl who was crying because she didn’t have enough money to buy one.

Another user on the social media site, 7AnthonyDagher7, took it upon himself to direct message her his issues with her buying nonvegan ice cream. When she told him to “lighten the f$%& up,” and blocked him, he screenshot their back and forth and encouraged his followers to also send her messages directly. He also shared her Instagram account.

People chimed in saying that Dagher had gone too far, and most felt buying a child an ice cream wasn’t the end of the world.

Others admitted they weren’t that happy that a vegan had contributed to the dairy industry.

Some vegans (and nonvegans) found their way to itsallzaras Twitter account, sharing messages of support, writing that she had done the right thing and that they would have done the same.

Zara seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. She told Yahoo, “I am an active member of the vegan community who assumed I was doing a good deed yesterday buying a child an ice cream when Anthony (the poster of the main post that’s gotten attention today) decided to message me being quite patronising.”

The U.K.-based blogger went on to give some context to the last 24 hours, explaining, “At the time I was in A&E in Hull getting a dislocated knee seen to so I was in no mood for it and I blocked him. I then woke up this morning to his attempt to publicly shame me and I’ve obviously gathered a lot of support from people which has led to all this!”

She also tweeted that her private messages were shared on Reddit as well.

Vegan debate aside, this entire situation raises the question, at what point does a discussion become harassment? If a person blocks you and asks not to engage any further, is it ever right to encourage others to carry your unwanted message?

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