Don't Paint Us With a Broad Brush
I think when discussing Veganism or Vegetarianism, its important that we don't paint these folks with a broad brush. A vegan or vegetarian diet doesn't say anything else about a person other than what they choose to buy and put into their mouths. Yes, there are vegans/vegetarians that are annoying, judgmental, and just unpleasant to be around, but there are those, like myself, who defy the conventional wisdom. (I'm vegan, but also a former Security Forces Airman and a rough neck.)
I don't go to health clubs, I don't drink wheat grass smoothies, I'm not buddhist, and I don't preach any doctrine. All of my friends and family members are omnivores, and I deeply respect that. I don't do yoga or pilates, nor do I participate in annoying protests or have a liberal arts degree.
For all intents and purposes, i'm just an average guy. I love shooting and throwing knives and axes and am more likely to be watching the latest UFC fight then watching a program on organic gardening. So please, don't label all of us V-tards and hippies, because we're just as diverse as any other human group.