“How do you feel about dating a non-vegan partner?” is a question that we probably get asked more than anything else. The answer is tough, because of course, in an ideal world, everyone in our lives would be vegan. Unfortunately, we live in a very imperfect world, and many of our loved ones have yet to make the switch.
To answer simply, yes, I would date a non vegan. Mainly because of the fact that I was not always vegan. I believe that we need to have compassion for those who have yet to understand. We’ve all been programmed from a very young age to believe that we need to eat animals for protein, to drink milk for strong bones, and to ignore our logic and our inherent compassion for all living creatures. However, if my partner has been exposed to the truth and chose not to make the change, I would definitely feel less of an emotional connection which would ruin the relationship anyway.
Every relationship is different, there really isn’t a one size fits all answer to this and it’s easy to say what we would do in a relationship prior to developing a connection. I will say, for me, raising my future children in a vegan home is important to me, so when dating, this is a conversation that should be had somewhat early on.
To avoid any disappointment, choosing a vegan partner from the get go would be ideal. I also will say, it’s pretty easy to gauge someone's open mindedness and willingness to learn. Being able to get an idea of whether or not they will make the switch in the future should be somewhat clear in the early stages of a relationship.
In the end, I think the most important thing is to get clear with yourself on what you expect. If having a non vegan partner is not a deal breaker for you, that's great. If it is, try to figure that out for yourself early on.