Wellington: They say you are what you eat, and growing numbers of vegans are shunning sex with meat-eaters because they see them as ‘a graveyard for animals’.
New Zealand group of vegans claim meat eaters’ bodies are made up of animal carcasses, Annie Potts, co-director of the New Zealand Centre of Human and Animal Studies at New Zealand’s Canterbury University, said in a newspaper.
She discovered the ‘vegansexuals’ while interviewing 157 vegetarians and ethical consumers for a study.
“When you are a vegan or vegetarian, you are very aware that when people eat a meaty diet, they are kind of a graveyard for animals,” vegan Nichola Kriek told the Christchurch daily The Press.
One vegan said although she found non-vegans attractive she would not want to be physically close to them.
She said, “I would not want to be intimidate with someone whose body is literally made up from the bodies of others who have died for their sustenance.”
Potts identified the ‘vegansexuals’ in her research study: Cruelty-Free Consumption in New Zealand: A National Report on the Perspectives abd Experiences of Vegetarians and other Ethical Consumers”.
The study, conducted between August and December last year, was undertaken as part of a larger project on human-animal interactions funded by a Royal Society of NZ Marsden grant. Volunteers completed 14-page surveys asking for their opinions on a range of topics including meat-eating, horse racing, battery farming, hunting and fishing, and Wild Foods Festivals.
Over 150 people participated from throughout New Zealand. The report provides detailed accountants of the experiences and perspectives of vegetarians, vegans and other ethical consumers living in New Zealand.