Vegan Activists

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 23, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

A butcher was targeted by vegan activists who left signs outside his premises saying “rot in hell murderous scum” and “cancer on you and your family”. Although he was unfazed by the signs, it seems to be coming a more common practice to aggressively attack butchers or people who work in this industry, not only with signs and nasty messages but also with physical abuse.

Obviously vegan activists are very passionate about their cause and have a right to stand up for what they believe in, but how far they should be allowed to go in putting their message across is another question.



Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • vegan (noun)
  • consume (verb)
  • butcher (noun)
  • slaughter (verb)
  • abuse (verb)
  • abusive (adjective)
  • behaviour (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • What should the limit be for vegan activists?
  • Are you or have you ever been vegan?
  • Do you agree with the vegan message? If yes, why don’t you become vegan? If not, are there any parts you do agree with?
  • Do you think writing abusive messages such as in this news article should be tolerated?
  • Do you think the kind of behaviour described in the news article helps the vegan cause?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.